Green Lake Loop Trail

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Green Lake Loop Trail is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Seattle, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
49 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

1 day ago

great variety! lots of grass to lounge, great views, rec activities and you're able to rent paddle boats and kayaks for cheap. great food available on site as well. playground, water hole area for kids, and lots more. Always a great time!

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2 months ago

We got lucky with the weather and had a great walk around the loop in the sun. Lots of people were out enjoying the weather.

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4 months ago

perfect walk to spectators and those wanting a nice day walk with a cup of coffee. bring your baby or dog.

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5 months ago

If you're in the mood for a walk/run in the city, this is a great option. It's enjoyable in all seasons. The only downside is that it's crowded.