Seattle, Washington

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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

    Washington Park Arboretum Loop Trail

    5.0
    2.4 mi / 197 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. ...
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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

    4.3
    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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  • Bellevue, Washington

    Coal Creek Trail

    4.0
    5.55 mi / 545 ft gain
    This trail takes you through Coal Creek park and follows the creek along the trail with minimal elevation gain. This trail can also be accessed from the northern end of the park if that's a more convenient drive. For the lower parking lot, park at the Red Town lot (exit 13 off I-90) and cross the...
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  • Bellevue, Washington

    Coal Creek Falls via Red Town Trailhead

    3.0
    2.29 mi / 518 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 Re...
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  • Bellevue, Washington

    Anti-Aircraft Peak Loop

    4.5
    3.53 mi / 436 ft gain
    Head up the road about .75 miles and take a left onto the Klondike Swamp Trail (well-singed). Stay on Klondike for a mile before taking a left onto Lost Beagle Trail. From here the trail climbs uphill and wraps around the edge of the park, offering views of the surrounding area. Hop on Shangri-La...
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  • Renton, Washington

    Far County Falls via Licorice Fern Trail

    4.2
    4.25 mi / 801 ft gain
    From Seattle, take the I-90 E to exit 15. Make a right on 17th Ave. This street will later become Renton/Issaquah Rd. Drive about four miles then turn right on to May Valley Rd. Make a sharp right onto SE 112th St. This street will soon turn into 169th Ave SE as it turns left. The trailhead is ri...
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  • Issaquah, Washington

    Poo Poo Point

    4.4
    6.57 mi / 1880 ft gain
    The Poo Poo Point trail is a great option for beautiful forest and great views only about 20 minutes outside of Seattle. The longer and less steep of the two routes to Poo Poo Point, this trail leaves from the Issaquah High School (the shorter and steeper Chirico Trail leaves from the paragliding...
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  • Issaquah, Washington

    Grand Ridge Trail

    4.0
    7.51 mi / 1125 ft gain
    The trail system in the 1,300 acre Grand Ridge Park can currently can be accessed from two lots: High Point and Central Park, with a new lot at Duthie Hill still under construction. To get to the High Point lot take exit 20 off of I-90 (coming from Seattle), take a left and pass under the freewa...
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  • Issaquah, Washington

    West Tiger #3 (Cable Line Trail)

    4.76 mi / 2051 ft gain
    If you're looking for something with low-grade steepness, you're not going to find it here. Gaining over 2,000' in under 2 miles to the summit, this isn't for the faint of heart.  The trail exists because of a buried cable, which has since been exposed and which you can see near the top of the t...
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  • Woodinville, Washington

    Woodland Plateau and Lloyd Trail Loop

    5.0
    2.63 mi / 276 ft gain
    Woodland Plateau and Lloyd Trail Loop is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near Woodinville, Washington.
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  • Edmonds, Washington

    Hike to Meadowdale Beach

    5.0
    If you plan to hike to this beach on the weekend, arrive early because the parking lot fills up fast. From the trailhead, hike down through an old forest along a stream to reach Meadowdale Beach Park. Take in the sounds of birds, wildlife, and the stream adjacent to the trail. At one mile you wil...
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  • Gig Harbor, Washington

    Run through Point Defiance Park

    5.0
    4.3 mi
    Point Defiance Park is the largest urban park in Pierce County and it provides a variety of amenities. Located at the very northwest tip of Tacoma, the park provides residents with a much needed retreat from the bustle of everyday life. Point Defiance Park is the place to go if you need a quick d...
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  • Bremerton, Washington

    Hike the Gold Creek Trail at Green Mountain

    4.0
    5 mi / 1000 ft gain
    The Gold Creek Trail is one of several trails in the Green Mountain region. Although the trail is intertwined with others, it is almost impossible to start down the wrong path. The trail is well-marked and well-maintained, making this an excellent option for the family.  The trail begins at the e...
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  • Snoqualmie, Washington

    Rattlesnake Mountain Trail

    4.0
    10.54 mi / 2664 ft gain
    The Rattlesnake Mountain Trail is often associated with Rattlesnake Ledge, one of the busiest hiking destinations around. But most people don't know that you can continue on from Rattlesnake Ledge another 10 miles to Snoqualmie Point Park. Using the Snoqualmie Point Trailhead, this hike is a wo...
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