Green Lake Loop 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 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
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
29 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

nature trips

paddle sports

road biking

trail running

walking

bird watching

beach

forest

lake

paved

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.

hiking
26 days ago

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

1 month 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
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

Easy, flat, urban, crowded, nice lake.

trail running
3 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.

3 months ago

Easy, flat

hiking
4 months ago

Easy and flat.

walking
4 months ago

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

4 months ago

Nice easy walk and the lake is beautiful year round. Our kids 5/7 can happily cycle the loop while we walk or jog.

4 months ago

Safe, loads of people and great dog watching:)

5 months ago

Relaxing, safe, easy walk. great views and people- and dog-watching.

6 months ago

nice in summer after dinner

7 months ago

Nice stroll, not too far and easy.

nature trips
8 months ago

A nice afternoon walk around the lake

walking
8 months ago

great for walking and for kids to ride bikes

walking
8 months ago

2018/09/08 Saturday (Hiking Date). Good 3 Mile Walk around the lake. Paved road throughout the trail and beautiful lake. Kids play area and rest rooms at multiple points. Best place to spend time walking together as family.

9 months ago

The great intersection of this city. Yes it’s crowded but it’s still beautiful and a great place to walk/run/bike/skate/swim and get some exercise. Makes for good people watching and there’s always something going on. If you want to go someplace to connect with the energy of the city, this is the place!

11 months ago

Easy, great people watching and beautiful for sunsets, meeting friends and an easy place to get a little space in the big city

walking
11 months ago

I have walked around GL for over 30 years (doing it this morning at 76). While the natural scene is great - birds of many feathers, raccoons, trees, it’s the people watching that provides the most most variety! You can get a “peak” of Mount Rainier, see it freeze, or walk around at night with Luminarias to guide you.

11 months ago

I run here almost everyday. It’s an easy 2.8 mile loop with nice, changeable scenery. The people-watching is pretty great, and there’s plenty of wildlife for such an urban setting - I’ve seen bald eagles and other birds of prey, in addition to the ducks and geese (now with their little broods since it’s Spring!). If you’re in Seattle and need a nice running route, this is it.

hiking
11 months ago

The lake is very serene and the multitude of bird species are quite used to all the human foot traffic. It is paved and a great place for a walk, bike ride, stroller or jog.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

It is a nice clean trail. You can either walk on pavement or on gravel. It can get very crowded however and then you have to focus more on maneuvering around people than the scenery of the park.

hiking
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Great but crowded place for a walk or a run. Great scenery, rain or shine... for those who want to swim in the lake...On top the lake (boat, kayak, etc.) cool, in it, oh my no.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

gorgeous views, decent bird watching from time to time, and best crowded place to walk briskly the loop is 3miles. great place to workout, or catch up with friends and family.

walking
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Quick walk in the mornings. Great way to start off your day.

walking
Sunday, January 28, 2018

Great daily walk! It is beautiful and accessible in all seasons and weather. Does get crowded on holidays and when weather is good.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Nice neighborhood stroll on a paved path around the lake. Great for walking your dog or catching up w/ a friend.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Air is not very fresh.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Great place to walk

trail running
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

great place to walk, run, skate, etc. any sort of work our you choose

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