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The Washington Park Arboretum is a 3.5 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.

Length 3.5 mi Elevation gain 203 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Nature trips

Road biking

Walking

Bike touring

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Forest

Lake

Partially paved

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Getting There

As of June 2020, the trail parking lot is experiencing full or partial closure, however users have reported that it is fairly easy to park else where. The Arboretum is a hidden gem on the shores of Lake Washington. Jointly managed by UW and the City of Seattle, its 230 acres are a dynamic assortment of plants found nowhere else.

Mailing address UW Botanic Gardens Box 358010 Seattle, WA 98195-8010 Phone: 206-543-8800 Fax: 206-616-2871 Email: uwbg@uw.edu Facility rentals:uwbgfac@uw.edu

Street address 2300 Arboretum Drive E Seattle, WA 98112 (map) Bus and bike: Metro bus routes 43 and 48 run near the Arboretum. Ask for the McGraw street stop. If you are coming from Madison Street, you can take route 11, get off at Lake Washington Boulevard East, and walk north into the Arboretum.Several buses coming from the eastside stop at the end of SR-520. Not sure which one you need? Use Metro's Trip Planner to get here. Arboretum Drive East, one of two main roads inside the Arboretum, is bike-friendly. Cyclists often use Lake Washington Boulevard, but be aware that traffic volume can be high and lanes are narrow. You can reach Arboretum Drive East from the University District by crossing the Montlake Bridge and following signs for MOHAI and the Arboretum. From downtown Drive east on Madison Street, away from Puget Sound. Follow it through Capitol Hill and the Central District into Madison Valley. Turn left on Lake Washington Boulevard. To reach the Graham Visitors Center, follow Lake Washington Boulevard through the Arboreum and stay straight to continue on E. Foster Island Road. Turn right onto Arboretum Drive East to reach the Graham Visitors Center. To continue past the Arboretum toward Montlake Boulevard, follow the road to the left and stay straight at the three-way intersection with the SR-520 offramp. From I-5 Take exit 168 for SR-520 East/Bellevue-Kirkland. Merge onto SR-520 and take the first exit, Montlake Boulevard. Continue straight through the signal. Take a slight right at E. Lake Washington Boulevard, then a slight left at Lake Washington Blvd. E. Turn left onto E. Foster Island Road at the stop sign, then turn right onto Arboretum Drive East to reach the Graham Visitors Center. From SR-520 West After crossing Lake Washington, take the first Seattle exit onto Lake Washington Boulevard S. Turn left off the ramp. Take the next left onto E. Foster Island Road. Turn right onto Arboretum Drive East to reach the Graham Visitors Center.

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Kathy Doe
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Hiking

Nice walk, good for dogs.

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sandeep mahil
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Muddy

There was one section of the trail that was muddy, besides that it was mostly paved. Parking can be tricky because it gets pretty busy, great trail to bike or walk.

Samuel Cervantes
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Hiking

Great during the weekday, weekends can get crowded. The loop is awesome, it has beautiful views, side trails, a great to take pictures, and Good for social distancing. Bring bug repellent during warmer whether, and the trail around Foster island is under construction.

Nicole Hargrove
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Walking

STUNNING walk. Paved trail wide enough to accommodate a stroller *and* social distancing. Will definitely return soon.

Toni Harrell
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great inner city walk. lots of trails. scenic if you also walk Foster Island. Very easy and great walk with kids.

Gracie A.
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Terra W
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Hiking

Empty trails this rainy friday morning. I parked along Madison St. as the parking lots are still closed. Plenty of parking available along side streets though. Wide trails appropriate for kids and social distancing.

Daniel Chang
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Hiking

Super kid friendly city stroll

Johnny Ray
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Easy, but beautiful walk. Kid friendly and dog friendly.

Natalia Booblikova
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Hiking

Beautiful but crowded

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Anne L.
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Hiking

on the south side of the capitol hill hump, and quite worth the extra step. First impression is: What a Marvel. Second impression: let's wait until the pandemic is over; I suspect it gets crowded.

Jennifer Sharp
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Walking

Visited the park back in November 2019 beautiful fall foliage. Enjoyable walk through the park.

Kate W.
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Very nice stroll. Many flowers have bloomed this time of the year.

Trystyn Lee
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Hiking

Amazing adventure for me and my pup! Let them never ruin this park! It’s beautiful and there’s so many routes and non routes to take!

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Adriane Lee
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sam hewitt
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Hiking

Fun little stroll by the water. Spotted a hawk perched up in the trees

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Laurie Johnson
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Loved this little walk. Perfect to just explore and enjoy a nice crisp Sunny Seattle day :)

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Evan Quinn
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Hiking

Saw a Bald Eagle, need I say more?

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Earle Arbas
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Hiking

easy

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Tash W
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Hiking

Easy flat paved road around Washington Park Arboretum. Lots of dogs (on leashes) and people of all ages and fitness levels. Recommended

Irina M
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Hiking

Great for a long but easy afternoon walk. Very dog and kids friendly!

Kate Leuba
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RunningGreat!

So much ground to cover. A great natural escape within the city.

Aishwarya Gogate
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Hiking

Good trail to walk with kids and dogs !

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Diana Hatsis
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Hiking

only used the paved path since we went with mom who is 95 and in a wheelchair my daughter and husband. The day was perfect and the trail was very nice.

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Luke Urbanik
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Hiking

Beautiful colors and blooms for photography

Tiana Mac
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Walking

A nice, easy walk/slight hike through one of North Seattles most beautiful nature reserves. The arboretum is huge with plenty of trees, flowers, plants and scenic lookouts! What i love about the Arboretum is that you get to learn about your surroundings along the way! Theres plenty of signs identifying different trees/plants/flowers. Theres even a school for childeren that meets in the heart of the Arboretum that is completley designed from the durrounding nature. This loop is beautiful any time of year but i would HIGHLY recommend going in the spring when everything is in full bloom. Definitley a great spot for a scenic walk!

Hillarie Maddox
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Hiking

Nice trail and completely paved if you stay on the outside around arboretum trail and then along lake Washington road.

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