Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

EASY 8 reviews

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Seattle, Washington that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
91 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

nature trips

walking

views

14 days ago

walking
25 days ago

walking
10 months ago

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Saturday, May 21, 2016

walking
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Formally opened on July 4, 1917, the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks or the Ballard [neighborhood] Locks are a great place to visit in Seattle. Connecting Lake Washington, Lake Union, and Salmon Bay to Puget Sound, the canal and locks allow recreational and commercial vessels to travel to the docks and warehouses of Seattle's fresh water harbor. Don’t miss the constant parade of pleasure boats that pass thru either a large lock or a small lock (takes 10-30 mins) and see underwater viewing windows on south side of the locks to watch salmon migration (walk over the dam that holds back Lake Union). Huge sequoias are featured on the north (entry) side of the locks. Fish ladder is at 3015 NW 54th, you can watch fish from underwater glass tanks or above (nets keep the fish from jumping out onto the pavement). VC and the Carl S. English, Jr. Botanical Gardens are on the north side of the locks and free tours are given at 1 & 3 PM daily. Boats are raised 21 feet from saltwater Puget Sound to freshwater Salmon Bay. Walkways along the locks allow a close look at the workings of these water elevators and the fancy boats (like a mini Panama Canal)…

West of Ballard business district, take Market St. West which turns into 54th then watch for signs to the locks, gardens open 7-9 and VC open 10-7, FREE, 3015 NW 54 St. To get to Ballard, from I-5, take the 45th ST and turn west away from the university. Follow NW 45th St.; it will become Shilshole Ave along the docks before it runs into NW Market St. We visited on a rainy day – yep it’s Seattle so it’s really just an on and off drizzle. We watched a couple of boats pass the locks and enjoyed the gardens. Enjoy.

walking
Friday, January 22, 2016

Locks and fish ladder get lots of attention, especially in summer, for good reason -- they're interesting. The Locks border on gardens which are wonderful for a shady stroll.

walking
Friday, September 05, 2014

Beautiful parklike grounds and walking trails. The locks are interesting, connecting Puget Sound to freshwater lakes in Seattle, and you can watch the boats as they navigate through the locks. Don't miss the fish ladder, or the sea lions hanging around for a few salmon.