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
19 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.

6 days ago

Air is not very fresh.

1 month ago

Great place to walk

trail running
2 months ago

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

walking
3 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
3 months ago

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

trail running
3 months ago

Nice loop for an easy run.

walking
3 months ago

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

walking
3 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
4 months ago

Scenic trail around beautiful lake.

4 months ago

Easy and nice walk in the city.

canoeing
5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

Great place to run, walk, or bike.

walking
5 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.

5 months ago

Great urban trail.

5 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
6 months ago

Aaa

6 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.

6 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
8 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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