Seward Park

Seattle, Washington

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Before Lake Washington was lowered by the opening of the ship canal in 1917, the peninsula now occupied by Seward Park was almost an island. Today, the park is an island of a different sort. Resisting the Seattle development that has spread around it for almost a century, Seward is now one of the last significant vestiges of old-growth forest within the city limits. A paved circular loop follows the island’s lakefront shoreline and connects to a network of single-track trails beneath the ancient trees.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

by Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens (Menasha Ridge Press)

Before Lake Washington was lowered by the opening of the ship canal in 1917, the peninsula now occupied by Seward Park was almost an island. Today, the park is an island of a different sort.

Resisting the Seattle development that has spread around it for almost a century, Seward is now one of the last significant vestiges of old-growth forest within the city limits. A paved circular loop follows the island’s lakefront shoreline and connects to a network of single-track trails beneath the ancient trees.

© 2016 Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Seattle
Distance: 4.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
Season: Hikable year-round, daily, 6 a.m.–10 p.m
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: 206-684-4396; seattle.gov/parks/environment/seward.htm
Local Maps: USGS Seattle South and Bellevue South
Driving Directions: Directions to Seward Park

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