Green Lake 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, bird watching, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.8 miElevation gain29 ftRoute typeLoop
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There is limited parking on the street so be prepared to hunt a parking spot down. Additionally, bikes and skates are not allowed. Inside 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. Accessibility: This trail is paved/boardwalk, typically at least four feet wide, and flat with an estimated max grade of 1%. The boardwalk may be slippery after rain. It will likely be navigable for most wheelchair/mobility equipment and stroller users.

Green Lake Small Craft Center http://www.seattle.gov/parks/boats/grnlake.htm

From I-5 (north or south) take exit #169, 45th/50th Street exits turn West Stay on 50th to Stone Way/Green Lake Way. Turn right and go 1/4 mile veer left onto W. Green Lake Way N There is ample free parking available.

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Margarita K
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Christine Nguyen
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Nice wall around the lake. Parking can be an issue when it’s super busy. Great for kids and dogs. Watch for the geese poop!

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Richard Ellison
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Roger Lucich
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Stan Harris
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Family oriented paved trail with no hills and nice lake.Close to good little pubs and food in a beautiful neighborhood

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Sunjay Dhama
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Nice, a bit muddy in parts, some puddles, really crowded

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Margarita K
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John Gleason
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Margarita K
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Margarita K
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Kevin Liu
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Very wet on the ground

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bojan kojovic
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Camille Daze
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Kathy Doe
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Nice and flat. Sad for all the homeless tents.

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Penelope Dowdy
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One of my favorites!

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Reeze T
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Varada Hanumante
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Kurt Spieldenner
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Michael Rossi
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Scott Ski
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Shalva Forsmann
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Yuzhou Chen
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Alaa Abu-Hantash
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Lana Shipunova
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Alex Vallejo
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North parking lot is open

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jesse hjartarson
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Lorraine Bichara
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Love this trail to go for a walk/run. Incredible views. There’s usually a lot of people but the trail (right now it’s only one-way) is wide enough to accommodate everyone.

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Todd Ziegler
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Long walk to the Pub.

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Omer Rauf Atay
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Tonya Williams
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I’ve done three 5Ks here and it’s always beautiful, even on rainy/drizzle like days. There are lots of people, but folks have always been courteous and respectful to each other as far as sharing the trail. Love the views!

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