Explore the most popular walking 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
5 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.

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.

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.

walking
8 days ago

Nice walking trail down to the water

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!

Love this beautiful trail! Extremely shaded and wide enough for a stroller and some friends...Steady incline... Easy enough for kids...Goes along a gorgeous creek..2 miles up and 2 down for a total of 4 miles. Parking lots at both ends.. We even saw bunnies!!! Also a few scattered benches if you need to break. There is "poop hill" which has a funky smell for a very short time due to the sanitation plant...Also close to the airport so you do hear planes overhead but I don't mind it too much! Still an enjoyable trail!

road biking
11 days ago

Awesome, took the trail from Bothell to Matthews park. Very nice ride, beautiful views of the water from the trail and parks along the way.

Beautiful scenery/views!

Nice hike on 4th of July

Beautiful

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

Great experience with my 3 yr old girl. Beautiful trees along the way and breathtaking lake view at the beginning and end of the trail. Perfect for family activity.

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.

walking
26 days ago

Fresh produce and people watching.

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.

Stenuous hike filled with switchbacks. Lots of E gain and losses. Will definitely need an ice axe and crampons in the spring and winter. Great inlets with fresh fish.

Awesome trail!

walking
1 month ago

This loop was rather easy to traverse. I needed to clear my mind and close my Move ring on my Apple Watch so I hit this trail. It helped me achieve both. Also, you never tire of looking at the beauty of Lake Washington and the verdant hills laced with homes that rise from its shores.

I sometimes go before work. I grab a coffee, maybe snatch up one of the first Proskey Proskey as they open and watch the market stir to life.

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.

walking
1 month ago

Love the array of things you see and smell on this walk. It was very busy on a Sunday mid morning but it was nice!

hiking
1 month ago

Liked it a lot despite bad weather. Not a super thrilling trail trail but changing surroundings and in general really nice route with nice forest and a some beach views. No special hiking equipment required.

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.

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