Discovery Park

Seattle, Washington

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Many seasoned trail runners go to Discovery Park for its convenience and beauty. With 534 acres, more than 7 miles of trails, forest, saltwater beaches, a lighthouse, and spectacular views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, and Mount Rainier, it is an ideal urban getaway. Many of the Puget Sound Indian tribes, including the Shilshoh, Duwamish, Suquamish, Tulalip, White, and Green River peoples, used the Discovery Park area in times past. Evidence indicates it was used as a village site, fishing station, and for shellfish and plant gathering and hunting beginning more than 2700 years ago. While digging for the sewage treatment plant in 1992, archaeologists found evidence of fire pits for drying clams and fish and bone tools. Petrified wood from the Columbia River and obsidian artifacts from Oregon indicated that trading had occurred between tribes.
50 Trail Runs in Washington

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50 Trail Runs in Washington

by Cheri Pompeo Gillis (The Mountaineers Books)

Many seasoned trail runners go to Discovery Park for its convenience and beauty. With 534 acres, more than 7 miles of trails, forest, saltwater beaches, a lighthouse, and spectacular views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, and Mount Rainier, it is an ideal urban getaway. Many of the Puget Sound Indian tribes, including the Shilshoh, Duwamish, Suquamish, Tulalip, White, and Green River peoples, used the Discovery Park area in times past.

Evidence indicates it was used as a village site, fishing station, and for shellfish and plant gathering and hunting beginning more than 2700 years ago. While digging for the sewage treatment plant in 1992, archaeologists found evidence of fire pits for drying clams and fish and bone tools. Petrified wood from the Columbia River and obsidian artifacts from Oregon indicated that trading had occurred between tribes.

©  Cheri Pompeo Gillis/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Trail Running
Nearby City: Seattle
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation
Driving Directions: Directions to Discovery Park

Recent Trail Reviews

1/22/2007
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I just moved to the Seattle area and have been Jonesing for some trail running. This was a welcome surprise. Great views, signal track trail, stairs (Up and Down) and bathrooms along the trail. I had a great run and plan to go back real soon.


2/21/2005
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Ran this yesterday. The "loop trail" is wide and great for running. The northern bluff trails are steep, which is ok, but with lots of people on the trails it is hard to get by. Lots of ways to mix up the route you run in this park. Some trails stay muddy long after the rains.



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