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
32 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

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.

hiking
3 days 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.

12 days ago

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
26 days ago

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.

1 month ago

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
1 month ago

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

walking
3 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

Air is not very fresh.

6 months ago

Great place to walk

trail running
7 months ago

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

walking
8 months ago

Beautiful run/walk but a little too busy for me and the water is great early summer for swimming but gets a little mucky by end of summer. Still a great park.

walking
8 months ago

Wonderful for daily exercise! Rain or sun this is a safe and entertaining hike.

trail running
8 months ago

Nice loop for an easy run.

walking
8 months ago

Good walk to do, even at night. Just watch out for angry skateboarders...

walking
8 months ago

I've been coming to Greenlake for years. It's a nice easy 2.8mi or 3.1mi walk depending if you take the inner loop or the outer one. Can get busy especially on weekends with runners, bikers, roller bladers. Dogs OK on lease. There's plenty of eateries around the lake area. People swim in the lake but I've been around long enough to know how the water can be problematic at times. it's a great people watching place. There are several parking areas and in the summer would advise you to get there early.

walking
9 months ago

Scenic trail around beautiful lake.

9 months ago

Easy and nice walk in the city.

paddle sports
10 months ago

beautiful park with a nice lake view. I went paddle boating with my friend. weather was perfect

10 months ago

easy for running, biking, skateboarding, dog walking. it is a Great Loop to meet a friend and walk around. parking is difficult

10 months ago

Great place to run, walk, or bike.

walking
10 months ago

Nice casual walk around a lake. Walk, ride a bike or takr in line skates. This is less a hike and more a celebration of being outside. The trail around the lake and the adjoining park are great for people watching especially in thr summer months. Walk the trail, and thrn grab a blanket and relax on the grass.

10 months ago

Great urban trail.

11 months ago

Green Lake is great for a family day out or even a walk/jog/run with friends and you can continue around or stop just off the trail for a coffee or treat. Parking can be difficult at times but families and pets are welcome.

walking
11 months ago

Aaa

11 months ago

This is one of my favorite loops to add into my Seattle runs! Lots of dogs, people, and animals to look at! Paved and really close to some shops and restaurants as well.

11 months 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!

walking
Monday, March 20, 2017

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.

Monday, January 02, 2017

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

walking
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Can be busy but I love walking or jogging around this lake. A consistent loop good for tracking your time and measuring improvement. A good place in the midst of a city to bike/skate/walk/jog with a pretty lake view.

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