Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

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
21 days 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.

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
1 month 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.

trail running
1 month 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

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.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Great but crowded place for a walk or a run.

Great scenery, rain or shine... for those who want to swim in the lake...On top the lake (boat, kayak, etc.) cool, in it, oh my no.

Beautiful and peaceful. It's Seattle though and the homeless will at times camp out here but in my many, many strolls through here, I've never had an issue with them.

Great walk for being in a large city ! Excellent views

favorite trail by far

A beautiful day today. Lots of people out with their friends, families, and dogs.

road biking
2 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.

gorgeous views, decent bird watching from time to time, and best crowded place to walk briskly the loop is 3miles. great place to workout, or catch up with friends and family.

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

walking
2 months ago

Quick walk in the mornings. Great way to start off your day.

2 months ago

Very busy park, go early and explore the upper trails.

3 months ago

Run run I run it too!

walking
3 months ago

Beautiful trails! Saw a family of seals swim off the shore, enjoyed the sunshine, met some awesome folks (and pups) throughout the day. Easy parking, and you can take the bus there too!

is very nice the falls and everything

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