While the day last and the sun shine, it is time you get outside and have a feel of the breeze around Seattle. Because in less than minute from the downtown Seattle, you can be in a mossy forest about 1,000 feet to the alpine lake. Sound interesting already? Whereas there are many places to go hiking in Seattle, you don’t have to leave the city itself to go hiking – of course that’s why everyone think going outdoor is frustrating. But it doesn’t have to be so because in few minutes we will be considering great place to go hiking near Seattle (and if you need hiking gears, look through our recommended products.)
But with so many treks to choose from, how do you decide which one to take first? You don’t have to scale Mount Rainier for your hiking fix. Seattle commands a number of wild refugees located in proximity to the city and these can be hiked throughout the year. Beautiful waterfalls, thick forests and Scenic views, all can be found around quite alright. But remember, though these hikes may be close to the city, but the trails will take you to remote places where help will take a while to arrive. So, come prepared with good and clothes appropriate for the weather.
With that being said, here are our guide to 10 of the region’s best hikes that will help you celebrate the season by enjoying iconic trails and urban adventures.
Distance: Loop Trip Two and 3/4 miles
Time: Two hours
Restrooms: At the Environmental Center & Tourist Environmental Center
Seattle is best known for his beloved and large park with 534 acres of beaches, meadows, ravines and woodlands, the discovery park. Lying between Elliott and Shilshole Bays, Seattle offers a maze of walking paths, trails and paved roads open to bicycles and hikers. The park holds a mix of natural and cultural resources, including old military installations. With a serene environment like this, is an evidence that you don’t even need to leave the city limit to spend quality time outside.
A local favorite hiking trail that offers stunning views of Mount Rainier and Lake Sammamish and situated in the Issaquah Alps close to the Tiger Mountain, Poo-Poo Point covers a total of 7.4 miles which can easily be accessed by the public transport but with a mile walk. The hike is pretty long enough to give one’s legs a good workout. And you can return throughout the seasons and see the foliage change. Ideal for families and dogs.
Record shows that Poo Poo Point is the closest and easiest hike for Seattleites, the kind you’re in the mood for if you woke up hungover at 11 a.m. but still want to walk through some red cedars.
Best for: Bragging rights
Location: Near North Bend
Difficulty and length: Strenuous; 8 miles round trip with 3,150-foot elevation gain
Type: Day hike
Difficulty: Difficult for children
One way: 21⁄2 miles
High point: 2000 feet
Elevation gain: 1500 feet
Before you think of going on this hiking, make sure you have a good pair of hiking boots before you tackle any of the hike.
Popularly known as a testament to the grit of Seattle area hikers, and despite its trek grueling nature, the Mount Si ascend about 3,150 feet over four miles. This makes the most popular hiking destination in Washington as it gives a proper view to the lakes around.
So you can see why the trail is the most liked among others:
But due to its strenuous trail, hikers have a serious rite of passage to overcome and gaining about 3,100 feet in just 4 miles makes it epic enough to merit bragging rights and the love of the 100,000 people who hike it each year, Washington Trails Association estimate (wta.org).
4.Lincoln Park with Kids
Distance: 1 3/4 miles
Time: 2 hours
Terrain: Varied –– wide paved paths and narrow steep trails.
Lying on the Puget sound, the Lincoln park gives a western view similar to that of Puget Sound and the Olympics, with a steep wooded paths and level paved trails.
A walk through the south part of the park, brings you to the most gentle descent – shoreline promenade near the ferry landing to reach the paved waterfront path.
Families will find the 1 3/4 mile trail north to Colman Pool, filled in summer with warm salt water, which makes a good destination as playground for kids and families at the Lincoln Park in Seattle.
Unfortunately, there are no park maps. So, you may have to return to your car or bus along a different path.
5.Twin Falls with Kids
Type: Day hike
Difficulty: Easy for children
Hikable: April to November
One way: Top of falls
High point: 900 feet
Elevation gain and loss: 300 feet
Green Trails map: No. 206 Bandera
Rebuilt in late 1989 as compensation for a new hydroelectric project, this Washington state parks trail gives a magnificent old growth forest leading to views of two South Fork Snoqualmie River waterfalls.
With a moss covered nurse logs and enormous cedar and fir trees, Children will definitely love everything about this hike: as it gives a panoramic view at waterfall level from a viewing platform.
6. Snoqualmie Falls with Kids
Type: Day hike
Distance: One mile
Time: Allow one hour
Terrain: Minimal elevation gain
This hiking site, create a great attractions for families in the Seattle area. The Although the Snoqualmie trail starts near the falls visitors center and descend ½ mile to the power house, but most people start at the lower parking lot.
Due to its beauty, the local Indian tribe consider it a sacred place as you too can admire the 268-foot falls from a parking lot viewpoint and walk down a steep path to the plunge pool. You can begin by walking around the power station gate and down the paved South East Fish Hatchery Road to the station house.
Kids can look through the powerhouse windows to the turbines generating power from the waterfall for 16,000 homes. On the other side of the cage, you can follow the trail either down to the rocky riverbed or on a fenced boardwalk to a dead-end viewpoint of the falls.
Best for: Magnificent views
Location: Paradise, Mount Rainier
Difficulty and length: Moderately strenuous; 5.5-mile loop with 1,450-foot elevation gain Lake Serene
Awarded as the world famous isn’t for the sake of anything. Is so iconic that those who completed the high altitude 5.5 mile loop are quickly awarded with a staggering views of nice glaciers and subalpine meadows.
With a trail map at the visitor center, the network of trails here offers multiple opportunities for diversions. Skyline hiking provide both clockwise and anticlockwise hiking option. But most take the clockwise hiking while the counterclockwise offers fewer crowds an initial switchback stitch through a colorful meadow.
8. Lake Serene
Best for: Work out amidst alpine splendor
Location: Near Skykomish Ranger District
Difficulty and length: Moderate with some steep switchbacks; 8 miles round trip with 2,000-foot elevation gain
Looking for a cold region to hike? Then you have a good place to visit. The icy waters of Lake Serene provides a meaningful environment for cold region lovers.
Although the hiking may be strenuous, but it avail a perfect workout and delivers the thrill of jumping into an alpine lake in a glacial cirque under the towering and toothy spire of Mount index. And for those who choose to watch their weight, hiking in lake serene can just be another thigh burner indeed. The trail flattens out, the views open up, just when you think you can’t go on, and the glimmer of water sparkling through the tall pines beckons you down to the sublime waterline of Lake Serene. Jump in if you dare and when you’ve indulged in enough lakeside bliss, retrace your steps back down to the trailhead. Though you may be tired, but you will be fully restored and refreshed.
9. Carkeek Park
Best for: An early-Sunday-morning, before-brunch workout
Location: 9 miles north of downtown in Broadview
Suggested access: The Eddie McAbee entrance on NW 100th Place offers the longest trail from street to Sound.
Time: One half hour
Restrooms: at the Visitor Center on the upper level
Known as playground and playfield for toddlers and young kids in Seattle, Carkeek Park has winding woodland trails to explore; for older kids it serve as an Educational and Environmental Center.
The Trail leads down the stream to Puget Sound. And because trains pass the Park every day, children will want to climb the staircase next to the beach to look down on them and listen to their hooting, puffing sounds. You can check out any upcoming festivals, classes and events at Education and Environmental learning center. And After stretching your toes in the sand, you can return the way you came, or explore some of the shorter trails before returning to your starting point. So you can see it’s pretty easy to spend a couple of hours hiking through this park without even knowing it. It’s such a pleasant place to be, that you’ll be surprised when you find out you’ve racked up a half-dozen miles or so on your fitness tracker.
Best for: Hikers who don’t mind a crowd
Type: Day hike
Difficulty: Moderate for children
Hikable: Year round
Distance: 2 miles up ledge, 1 mile around lake
Location: Snoqualmie, near North Bend
High point: 2,079 feet
Elevation gain: 1,174 feet
I will be making an incomplete list if I fail to mention the beloved eastern most peak of the Issaquah Alps known for its great 270- degree outlook over Mt. Si, Chester Morse and Rattlesnake lakes, and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley.
And just in case children who love taking their dogs along start guessing why it’s called Rattlesnake Ledge, tell them early settlers thought the whispering sound of grasses blowing in the wind sounded like rattles, but that there are no snakes here.
Another reward for after the hike is the Cedar River Watershed Visitors Center, where a town called Cedar Falls once stood and which contains natural history and artistic exhibits children will love. In the Rain Drum Courtyard you can listen to drums played by amplified raindrops.
Whereas this trail provides a fun place to be, as many local trails does, dogs allowed to go off leash are a problem here. And they’re especially dangerous to hikers when loose on the ledges, which have very sheer drop-offs.
So what do you think? You’ve heard friends talk about these trails; now it’s time to tackle them yourself. So, put on your hiking gears and if you haven’t got one, I think is time to consider doing that as you go your next blissful hiking near Seattle. See you around.
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