Explore the most popular birding trails near Seattle with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful trail...great place for beginners to experience hiking.

This is a good Loop for beginning hiker.

hiking
6 days ago

I’m a new hiker and not in the best shape so I was hoping for a bit more signage or clearly marked trails. A friend and I took large paths and as we were walking and taking turns the trail would eventually disappear or lead to fenced off areas. We had to turn around and loop back a few times. I’ve never found a super well cleared trail down to the beach only some cinderblock stairs that lead to the back of the parking lot. The beach has great views and you can have a lot of fun after a light walk.

it's what you'd expect of an urban trail.. lots of people, especially bicyclists, but the trail is quite wide, features a nice view of the bridge and the water and Gas Works Park is a neat park all on its own, featuring views of the Seattle skyline and is a great place to end.

I took away a star because the bathroom stalls aren’t big enough to push a stroller into and there’s no changing tables. But this park is beautiful, I love the coast and environment. We’ll definitely be going back.

Beautiful - lots of trails!

Beautiful scenery/views!

Nice hike on 4th of July

It’s more like a garden walk then a hike. It was nice and low key to just get out of the house.

great walk/hike in the city.

Not bad for a city park. Lighthouse was kind of pitiful

hiking
22 days ago

Too muddy in some area. Walking through swamps is fine but for biking? No. Maybe in summer it will be better because the trail would be drier. Other than that, it has great lake view. I will come back again if it’s not so muddy.

Offering different scenes and some elevation in one long enough walk - the part from North Beach to South Beach trails goes through beach, paths with steps under tall shaded trees with beautiful views to the Olympic and Rainier. Make sure to see historic buildings and take some small allowed turns as they could lead to the beach or smaller paths closer to the water. But be careful not to go too close to the edge at some parts as it’s soft. Great for all ages, right in the city. Some busy paths are quite dusty. Could they warm up the water?!

Easy hike inside the city with great beach and mountain views.

Awesome trail!

Easy, great people watching and beautiful for sunsets, meeting friends and an easy place to get a little space in the big city

Awesome hike. Not too strenuous or challenging, restrooms were hard to find. AMAZING this is inside the city.

This was a beautiful, scenic muddy disaster. Come prepared to slog through some deep mud. We weren’t. The end result is my wife and my dog and I were covered in mud. He thought that was great. Us not so much.

walking
1 month ago

I have walked around GL for over 30 years (doing it this morning at 76). While the natural scene is great - birds of many feathers, raccoons, trees, it’s the people watching that provides the most most variety! You can get a “peak” of Mount Rainier, see it freeze, or walk around at night with Luminarias to guide you.

I run here almost everyday. It’s an easy 2.8 mile loop with nice, changeable scenery. The people-watching is pretty great, and there’s plenty of wildlife for such an urban setting - I’ve seen bald eagles and other birds of prey, in addition to the ducks and geese (now with their little broods since it’s Spring!). If you’re in Seattle and need a nice running route, this is it.

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.

easy trail...some steep steps but enjoyed time in the beach!

Well maintained trail and provides some amazing views of downtown Seattle, the olympics, and more.

hiking
2 months ago

The lake is very serene and the multitude of bird species are quite used to all the human foot traffic. It is paved and a great place for a walk, bike ride, stroller or jog.

hiking
2 months ago

This must be done at sunset to really appreciate the hike and view. We modified the trail a bit to take in all the views and it was totally worth it.

trail running
2 months ago

So beautiful!!! It's a little weeknight escape for me when I can't wait till the weekend to get my fill of nature

It is a nice clean trail. You can either walk on pavement or on gravel. It can get very crowded however and then you have to focus more on maneuvering around people than the scenery of the park.

great walk in May. cool weather is perfect for it

Nice walk with great views of the Sound. Not exactly roughing it here with all the benches, markers and paved roads you have to cross, but you'd never guess you were only 20 minutes from downtown Seattle.

You'd never know you were within Seattle, great place to get lost for awhile.

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