The Washington Park Arboretum is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Seattle, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, trail running, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.5 miles
203 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly

road biking

trail running






wild flowers


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.

3 months ago

More of a nature walk. All the same it was gorgeous. And we had a grand ol time. Went with my three kids: 6,4,1

6 months ago

5/3/2018 (Thursday) - Start from Montlake/WA520, pass through the park by Azalea Way, then go along Madison St to the lakeside park (Madison Beach). Azalea in the park has not been in full blossom yet. It takes about 70 minutes for a relaxed walk. A very pleasant city walk in a luxurious residential/commercial district. The view across the lake is awesome.

road biking
7 months ago

Very beautiful path. I was on a road bike and it’s nice that the paths keep a rolling gate to them and that the signs for when to walk your bike were easily visible.

7 months ago

I love it here there is usually ample parking. the magnolias are stunning right now!

8 months ago

Being in the city can be stressful and having access to green spaces like this are invaluable to mental and physical health! This is a great place to walk to get your fill of chlorophyll when you can't get out for the weekend. Most trails are gravel, which means access for those who have difficulty walking. There are numerous benches along main paths to stop and rest if needed. You are able to get both green and blue scenery with trails that lead to Lake Washington. You do have to cross under ST 520 to get to the lake but the bridge construction will soon get rid of the walking tunnel under the bridge and make it more pleasant. 4 stars for accessibility and only one star off for the noise of the cars, but hey in the city that's a given!

11 months ago

this park is in a sad state right now, didn't enjoy it a bit

Monday, October 09, 2017

Super easy to navigate, well maintained, gorgeous!
It doesn't get much better for an inter urban park!

Thursday, August 31, 2017


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Unfortunate that they are doing construction and had parts of the trail off limits. But the outcome will be worth the wait. It's a beautiful park and very easy to walk. Will definitely be back to view the Japanese Garden soon. Information desk with snacks and souvenirs are on site...and restrooms!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Beautiful walk during a sunny Seattle day.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Nice park. You can just come in and relax. Nothing for working out (if you're not running). But you'll definitely enjoy the nature around.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The winter garden is absolutely deserving a visit during spring.

Monday, September 05, 2016

This is a beautiful park I'll definitely come back to. However, the trails are not marked well and the trail map is fairly useless. With construction going on a lot of the side trails are closed. But it is easy to figure out which way you're going. Good for walking and exploring the local flora.

Monday, July 11, 2016


Monday, April 04, 2016

Simply one of my family's favorite places to walk in Seattle. Well maintained trails and great for teaching kids about plants. Do wish there was more signage for individual specimens.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

This is an excellent area to walk/run (although I think I remember seeing signs prohibiting running in certain areas, which people seemed to ignore); the setting is still pretty urban, however there are some areas where you cannot believe you are in the middle of a city. Some trails go out onto lake Washington where there is a nice view of Husky stadium. This is by no means a hike, but a really nice nature walk.

Monday, July 06, 2015

I wish I had gone a little earlier in the year to really enjoy the azaleas, but the peace and quiet was nice on a hot and sunny day

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Huge park, alot of places to go. Some parts are quiet and it doesn't feel like you are in the middle of the city.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Hard to beat on a sunny summer day, especially if you walk over to the Lake Washington cut and take a look at all the boaters coming and going. If you're lucky you'll see a couple of bald eagles down near the lake too.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Absolutely beautiful!!! Can't wait to go back!!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I spent a lot of summers here and i dont think I saw it all. Trails, beach, birding, the plant and tree collections. A little of everything for just about everyone. Dont miss the japanese garden.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Very beautiful protected lands, also a great place to spend a day doing community service and trail maintenance.

trail running
Thursday, December 06, 2012

The arboretum is beautiful and there is an extensive network of trails. Good for trail-running or walking, but there is not really any hiking in there. The trails extend out to Lake Washington.

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