• Activities:

    Running, Fitness

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    3 Miles

Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Romantic
Scenic

Get great views of Puget Sound. Run on single track, forested trails on this 3-mile loop. There are several easy trails to branch out onto if you want to extend your run. Duration: An hour.

This Beautiful park in Seattle offers up gorgeous views of Puget Sound. The park has an easy to follow loop, which is about 3 miles. There are easy offshoots of the loop if you're looking to get a little extra distance. Keep an eye out for Hidden Valley Trail and North Beach Trail if you're up for stretching your legs a little more. If you get a good sweat going, you can always hike down to the beach and go for a swim!!

The best time to hit the trail is on a week night in the evening to see the sunset. Bring your dog for the run if you want as well. The park is dog friendly.

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Coming from San Francisco, I couldn't believe that there was a more sprawling, less crowded beach hiding in the thick of Seattle. If you don't want to bother with parking, you can run / bike / walk the South Ship Canal Trail from South Lake Union, West Lake, or North Queen Anne over to the park. Discovery is also one of the best beaches to catch the sunset at and closer to the city center than Golden Gardens.

7 months ago
7 months ago

Utilize any of the parking lots for easy access to the loop trail. A moderate up and down 3 mile loop awaits you without the crowds found on Elliott Bay, Alki, or at Green Lake. On a clear day the vistas are stunning with views of Mt. Rainier, the Olympic Mountains, Elliott Bay, and Puget Sound. On a rainy day the local scenery of lush forests with occasional old growth offerings doesn't fail to impress. The loop trail can be combined with the rest of Discovery Park's trail offerings for longer loops and beach access. Discovery Park has my vote as the most scenic natural location in Seattle! Enjoy!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

I'm new to the trail running scene, and Discovery was a great place to start. I combined the outermost trails to make a 4+ mile loop which also allowed me to admire all the views. It's hard not to be motivated to continue when you are surrounded by beautiful glimpses of the Sound! Good mix of flat and hills, stairs and trail. Bonus - when the tide it out, get some beach running in.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Discovery Park is my go-to for a quick run. I add a few variations off of the primary trail, including two sets of stairs, to make the loop 4 miles. With the amazing views of rainier, the sound and Elliot Bay, this loop is the best of the best. It is also a relatively easy - but still interesting - trail running grade and very well maintained.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Megan Trudell

Nature lover, hiker, traveler, free spirit, born and raised in the PNW.

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