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The Best Hiking in Seattle

Looking for the best hiking in Seattle? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Seattle. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Seattle

  • Seattle, Washington

    Camp on Blake Island

    There are 2 ways to get to Blake Island: private boat or via the Argosy Cruises tour boat (or if you're ambitious, I guess you can swim there!). If traveling by private boat, there is a marina with limited dock space as well as buoy moorings around the island for a moorage fee. Blake Island is ...
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  • Seattle, Washington

    Westcrest Park South Loop

    0.87 mi / 164 ft gain
    Westcrest Park South Loop is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Seattle, Washington.
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  • Seattle, Washington

    Sqebeqsed Trail

    2.07 mi / 325 ft gain
    Sqebeqsed Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Seattle, Washington.
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  • Seattle, Washington

    Volunteer Park Loop

    1.06 mi / 144 ft gain
    Volunteer Park Loop is a loop trail that is good for all skill levels located near Seattle, Washington.
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  • Seattle, Washington

    Run the Washington Park Arboretum Loop Trail

    5.0
    3.6 mi / 250 ft gain
    The Washington Park Arboretum is the perfect place to swing through if you're looking for a short and gentle trail run without leaving the city. This expansive park includes the UW Botanic Gardens, Japanese Gardens, entire length of the Arboretum Creek - all landmarks you'll pass on this trail. T...
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  • Seattle, Washington

    Loop Trail - Discovery Park

    3.5 mi / 200 ft gain
    The Loop Trail in Discovery Park offers a nice respite from the city, with views of the Puget Sound, open fields and forest. Given it's a loop, there are a couple of different options to begin the hike. The most common is to park at the East Visitor Center Parking lot and take a short connector t...
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  • Seattle, Washington

    Discovery Park Beach

    4.0
    2.39 mi / 535 ft gain
    Discovery Park and its beach area great for walking, running, photography, and taking in a sunset. If you want to put your feet in the sand, head down to the western most part of the park. This beach is a sand beach with an iconic lighthouse at the end. Dirftwood also washes up on the beach provi...
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  • Seattle, Washington

    South Beach Trail

    1.47 mi / 358 ft gain
    South Beach Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Seattle, Washington.
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  • Bellevue, Washington

    Kelsey Creek Farm

    1.71 mi / 161 ft gain
    Kelsey Creek Farm is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Bellevue, Washington.
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  • Seattle, Washington

    Warren G. Magnuson Park Loop

    2.3 mi / 69 ft gain
    Warren G. Magnuson Park Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Seattle, Washington.
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  • Newcastle, Washington

    Waterline Trail from Lake Boren Park

    2.12 mi / 154 ft gain
    Waterline Trail from Lake Boren Park is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Renton, Washington.
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  • Kirkland, Washington

    Watershed Park Trail

    1.73 mi / 289 ft gain
    Watershed Park Trail is a loop trail that is good for all skill levels located near Kirkland, Washington.
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  • Bellevue, Washington

    Steam Hoist Trail

    0.61 mi / 108 ft gain
    Steam Hoist Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Bellevue, Washington.
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  • Bellevue, Washington

    Wildside Trail

    2.32 mi / 400 ft gain
    Wildside Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Newcastle, Washington.
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  • Bellevue, Washington

    Hike to Coal Creek Falls

    3.0
    2.5 mi / 420 ft gain
    The popular trailhead is located in the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildlife Park. There is a veritable maze of trails and trailheads here so it is helpful to bring along a map of the area. A trail map for Cougar Mountain can be found on kingcounty.gov. From the trailhead veer left following the Red...
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  • Bellevue, Washington

    Wildside Trail to Shy Bear Trail to Cave Hole Trail

    4.84 mi / 843 ft gain
    Wildside Trail to Shy Bear Trail to Cave Hole Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Renton, Washington.
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