Pioneer Square Walking Tour is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Seattle, Washington that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.8 miles
22 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

trail running



Take a walk through Seattle's historic district to see where the city was born Seattle's history is that of a pioneer town, fueled by persistent and entrepreneurial founders wanting to create a new life. The area's first settlers were a group of only two dozen led by Arthur and David Denny who arrived at what is now Alki on November 13, 1851. After the winter they moved to the area near Elliott Bay which is now Pioneer Square. Two men helped lay the city's foundations in quite different ways. Arthur Denny took the industrial approach by funding a lumber mill and establishing a real estate business. David "Doc" Maynard took a civil approach by setting up stores, hotels, restaurants, and hospitals. Together their city grew into Seattle, named after the Native American chief, Sealth, and the city quickly grew to almost 4,000. On June 6, 1889 a small pot of glue was left on a stove too long and it erupted into the Great Fire of 1889, destroying almost everything in the area within a few hours. The city rebuilt, and almost all buildings in this area were created soon after 1889, with over 50 of them designed by architect Elmer Fisher. WIth the Klondike gold rush from 1897-1899 came many gold prospectors and the city was once again a boomtown, with a steady supply of nearby gold. The large proportion of men encouraged a city of vice with many saloons and brothels opening up as the area quickly catered to pleasures of the flesh. In the 1960s the city had had enough and decided to level the district and start afresh. Citizens were outraged and rallied together to save the historic area, creating one of America's first historic preservation districts. Today the area offers stunning architecture, restaurants, and well-kept tree-lined streets, but the underground passages below the city remember stories of a Seattle much different than you see today.

1 month ago

This was, and will be once again one of the greatest places to visit in Seattle.

1st & Cherry
Just feet away from the Pioneer Building

1st & Yesler
Iron Victorian Pergola

2nd Ave. & James
Collins Building

2nd Ave. & Yesler
Smith Tower
The love of my life! It's a shame that most people will never see the fine architectural detail of this building up close. Near the top is an observation deck that has a bar and a great view of Pioneer Square.

The newest addition to the area is the Weyerhaeuser building. The Architects at MITHUN did an incredible job adding a glass building that reflects the historic architecture of the area.

3 months ago

Smells like a dirty bathroom. Not a pleasant or safe place to be. Watch out for the human feces. I would rate it a zero if possible.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

This isn't really a trail. It is just walking around downtown Seattle. This may be fun for tourists, but don't expect to see much nature. Though there be wildlife abound (like people.)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

well if you like to watch people shoot up drugs and pass out on the park benches have at it.

watch out for the puke.

4 months ago