Green Lake Trail

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Green Lake Loop Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Seattle, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, road biking, and canoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 29 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

paddle sports

road biking

walking

running

beach

forest

lake

paved

views

One of Seattle's most beloved parks. This hike loops around Green Lake. Geologists say the Vashon Glacial Ice Sheet, which also formed Puget Sound and other area lakes, formed Green Lake 50,000 years ago. Dredgings of Green Lake have produced volcanic ash from an eruption of Glacier Peak that occurred about 6,700 years ago. The lake was included in the Olmsted Brothers' comprehensive parks plan, and was given to the City by the State of Washington in 1905. Green Lake underwent a series of changes over the next 15 years- it was diked, dredged and filled until it shrunk by nearly 100 acres! The last fill deposited in Green Lake was from the excavation of Aurora Avenue. In more recent times, Green Lake has suffered from stagnation and pollution problems, as well as algae blooms. Milfoil and swimmers itch (caused by parasites from waterfowl) are still a consideration for those who swim in the lake.

walking
5 days ago

an hour walk

hiking
5 days ago

short,relaxing walk in summer

hiking
scramble
24 days ago

Very busy trail with lots of bicycle and foot traffic.

hiking
2 months ago

Not much to see other than the lake and very easy

walking
bugs
2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

Paved trail, nice lake to see and trees for shading

walking
3 months ago

Paved loop is perfect for strollers.

hiking
3 months ago

I used to do this walk 1-3 times per week. As an urban lake loop, it’s not exactly challenging or interesting but there are some pretty views looking across the lake and it’s nice to have a path like this on the north end. I generally go during daylight/business hours and have always felt safe despite the occasional individual with behavioral health issues. I rarely, if ever, go on weekends bc it’s too crowded..

hiking
3 months ago

good for a nice walk in the park. often crowded.

hiking
4 months ago

stroll in the park kind of trail

hiking
4 months ago

Busy but good for urban area.

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of bunnies and turtles to admire

hiking
4 months ago

Paved loop around the lake, nice for an quick walk! Always busy!

recorded Green Lake Loop Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Good distance, flat paved trail to run on. Did a morning jog at 6am and quite a few people were already out. Lake is pretty. I can see how this trail could get frustrating when crowded because even early with not too many people- very few had good trail etiquette. Would drive me crazy when busy. However, I’d still run on it again for the purpose of working out.

hiking
4 months ago

A staple in our Seattle annual visits for early morning walks. Flat circular path in a beautiful urban setting. Great people watching on loop - especially the children’s wading pool in summer. Easy and fun. We often do a double loop and then head to breakfast or brunch.

walking
4 months ago

For those who are feral this location is a waste of time. Aside from a few beautiful large trees... there is nothing remarkable about this lake or location. The water itself is unbalanced so it’s green in color and not the cleanest habitat to enjoy. There isn’t really any “wild areas” as the entire area around the lake is a “groomed” park. This is a great spot for people who don’t like to get dirty, wear white shoe and/or would rather be at the mall. Other than that, seek shelter elsewhere.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice walk, but a bit too crowded.

walking
5 months ago

We’ve walked this trail 3-4x. Overall, it’s a nice trek around the lake, but I give it 3 stars due to the heavy traffic, especially on the weekends. Cyclists, rollerbladers, skateboarders and runners also use the pathway. Some like to zip and dodge around the people. If you’re into people watching this is the place to be.

walking
5 months ago

Wonderful lake view but quite crowded.

hiking
5 months ago

Wonderful place for walking with friends or your love ones

hiking
6 months ago

Love this easy stroll around Green Lake. Lots of people out enjoying the lakefront walk.

Great night walk. Very easy to stay on the trail.

hiking
7 months ago

The inner loop is paved and 2.8 miles around. The outer loop is 3.2 miles and less crowded on sunny days. :)

8 months ago

Great park. Ran the inside loop for a quick run. Perfect weather, not too crowded, easy to maneuver around walker/strollers. Plenty of nice views of the lake!

walking
8 months ago

Enjoyable!! Even amongst all the people. Lake is always beautiful

8 months ago

Easy, flat, urban, crowded, nice lake.

running
9 months ago

Great trail for running, though the inner loop gets very crowded with adults, children, dogs, bikers, and other runners on hot days, which makes it a bit of an obstacle course for a runner. The outer loop is less crowded, but you may want to bring trail running shoes or shoes with a lot of padding, because there are a lot of exposed roots in some sections where it could be easy to twist an ankle or smash your foot into something if you're not careful. The outer loop is shady in sections, which is nice, but the inner loop has the great lake view, where you can see ducks and sometimes a blue heron hanging out by the water. Not to mention the cute dogs. Definitely choose the inner loop for the views if you're going for a stroll.

10 months ago

Easy, flat

hiking
10 months ago

Easy and flat.

walking
10 months ago

Delightful loop trail around green lake. Quite busy on the weekend. Lots of dogs on leashes and good people watching

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