Hike to Meadowdale Beach

Washington Meadowdale Beach Trail

Added by Rose Freeman

  • Round trip: 2-3 miles
  • Explore a well maintained mossy trail through giant trees in an old forest to a rocky Pacific Northwest beach on Puget Sound!
  • Views west of the Olympic Peninsula
  • Beach hiking!
  • Accessible year round
  • Total mileage to the beach: 2.5 miles, round trip
  • Elevation gain: 600 feet on the way back up to the trailhead

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 will reach the park and the trail splits directions.

At the park there are several attractions for large groups or small parties. You can reserve picnic shelters, play volleyball, or use the grassy field for any number of activities.

Past the park continue another 1/4 mile to the railroad tunnel. Pass under the tunnel and arrive at the sandy rocky beach. Be prepared with waterproof footwear because the stream also passes under the railroad tunnel and it is often a wet walk to the beach. If the tide is out you can walk a half mile in either direction on the beach. Watch for sea lions and ferries out on the water! Sunsets are beautiful on this beach; however, take note that the gate at the trailhead parking lot closes at dusk.

My favorite place to eat after this hike is Anthony's Beach Cafe in Edmonds! Perfect ending to a Northwest adventure day.

Happy exploring!

Pack List

  • Osprey Mira 26 Hydration Pack
  • Lowa boots
  • Extra clothing layers
  • Headlamp
  • First aid kit
  • Extra food & hydration
  • Beach bucket and shovel :)
  • Camera!
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Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

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Features:

Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

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6 months ago

Suburban Respite

This has been a favorite hike of mine for many years. It is a nice place to find solace and break from the suburb life. It's got a sweet little creek and a wonderful beach at the end of the hike.

6 months ago

over 1 year ago

TOOK THE KIDS HERE ON 5/9 .WAS AN AWESOME DAY AND 80 DEGREES. THE BEST PART WAS TAKING OUR SHOES OFF TO WALK THROUGH THE WATER IN THE TRAIN TUNNEL AFTER WE WERE ALL HOT FROM THE HIKING TO GET TO THE BEACH. EVEN THE DOG WAS HOT AND EXCITED FOR THE SWIM!! CANT WAIT TO GO BACK!! WILL REMEMBER A BACKPACK AND LOTS OF EXTRA WATER NEXT TIME THOUGH!

over 1 year ago

Added by Rose Freeman

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