Schmitz Park Preserve: Seattle's Forest Past

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Seattle, Washington

Schmitz Park Preserve: Seattle's Forest Past is a 0.6 mile loop trail located near Seattle, Washington that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 0.6 miles Elevation Gain: 98 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

Schmitz park preserve

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

I love this hidden gem. Every season brings new things to look at. Gets muddy easily because many springs cross the trails. Highly recommend.

hiking
muddy
11 days ago

Was intending to only go on this 0.6 mile hike in the Schmitz Park Preserve but it took me >1.3 miles to find the “trailhead”/gate of the park. Never thought Apple Map would disappoint me but it did today. Google Map came to the rescue thankfully! But anyways, it was a very nice jog around the very rich-looking neighborhood near Alki beach (i.e. some gorgeous flowers turned my head literally) before I actually did the hike in the park. It was raining so the ground was muddy at some parts in the park. I did my best to accelerate when I could. Very proud I didnt fall on my butt at least once though because the muddy parts were really slippery. (The fact that my shoes didnt have good grips didnt really help either.) Yet overall, a very nice short walk with elevation.

Schmitz park is so so beautiful. An easy daytime stroll!

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Short but pretty in the middle of a suburb. it was definitely muddy in spots

Beautiful lush forest in the middle of town but feels like you are miles away. Trail splits in 2 if you stay on the upper trail there is a Bear den with tracks leading in. Be cautious but very cool, would recommend!

hiking
9 months ago

Fun when it snows

hiking
muddy
9 months ago

Good for a short walk. If you circle around and take different routes you can add some distance. Often the lower trails get very muddy after rain.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful, easy little trail hidden away behind the neighborhoods. We went during the week when it was raining and it was simply sublime.

hiking
10 months ago

Great little hike in the middle of the city that feels like your not. Ran into a little mud end of June lots of stinging nettles and poison oak so keep kids to the path. Met a few kind folks along the way. Half way point is right near Alki beach and whale park. Walk along the water front for a bite made for a great day.

walking
muddy
Sun May 26 2019

Nice easy walk thru an old grove forest. The trail was very muddy in many places as it rained all afternoon yesterday, so I recommend going when it hasn’t rained for a few days to a week. The trailhead at the Alki playground correctly notes there’s nettles, poison oak, and poison ivy along the trail.

hiking
Mon Mar 25 2019

Great old growth hike in the center of residential area. Can get muddy at some points but is a beautiful area to trail run or stroll through the forest.

hiking
Sat Feb 09 2019

snowy trail with spectacular views. There were some fallen trees due to heavy snow.

walking
Fri Jan 11 2019

Beautiful old growth forest tucked in the city. Great for all levels and dogs. Good for waking or jogging. Can get muddy in some areas. Stay on the trail- theres poison oak, ivy and stinging nettle if trail.

Mon Nov 19 2018

Forest in the city. Nice alternative route to walk through town.

walking
Thu Oct 11 2018

Not really hike but a nice space to walk through an old growth area in the middle of the city. Quiet and peaceful with meandering trails through the woods. Can be muddy so be prepared to get your shoes dirty.

hiking
Sat Aug 11 2018

This isn't really a hike. More like a nature walk. And it is absolutely beautiful. A lovely spot away from it all, right in the middle of the city.

Thu May 31 2018

We parked off of Hinds street and then ambulated thru the preserve to then take the Alki boardwalk to create a 4 + mile hike for the day. Amazing that this green area is smack in the middle of west seattle.

hiking
Mon Apr 17 2017

Great place for a quiet hike, not crowed, and very easy.

hiking
Wed Apr 13 2016

I love this park so much, I take my dog here multiple times a week as we live right by it. I haven't explored off the beaten path too much, but I could imagine kids would have an amazing time exploring. There are a lot of ups and downs and streams everywhere, beautiful old growth and very nicely maintained. It's a short walk, but perfect little escape from urban life:)

bird watching
Wed Jun 10 2015

Surprised to see not many reviews here of one of my families' favorites parks in Seattle. It has a lot of great features for young kids: a stream running through it, small bridges, and easy, winding trails that loop back on themselves. Also easily connects down to Alki and Whale Tail Park, on the trail that goes under the overpass. We have spent many hours exploring here off-trail as well, though it's not encouraged now—there are many walled up areas to keep the fauna from being trampled. Gets pretty muddy on some of the back trails during the winter months.

walking
Sat Feb 21 2015

Schmitz Park Preserve is in the middle of neighborhoods in West Seattle, a great place to escape for quicker walk through the forest. It was a sunny Saturday afternoon but it wasn't too busy, just a few families and other hikers.

walking
Wed Mar 12 2014

In west seattle, you can enter the schmitdz park and forget you're in the city for awhile. It's a great way to walk down the hill to Alki area.

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