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

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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
11 days 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
20 days ago

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

20 days ago

trail running
21 days ago

Nice loop for an easy run.

walking
25 days ago

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

trail running
25 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

walking
1 month 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.

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walking
1 month ago

Scenic trail around beautiful lake.

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2 months ago

Easy and nice walk in the city.