Saint Edward State Park

Kenmore, Washington

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This former Catholic seminary sits on a high, forested bluff above the northern end of Lake Washington, providing access to one of the last stretches of undeveloped land on the waterfront via an excellent trail system. Although it hosted the raucous Washington Brewer’s Festival for many years before the event moved to larger Marymoor Park in 2012, most of the time Saint Edward is quiet and calm, closer to the contemplative retreat likely envisioned when the seminary was founded by the Sulpician Order in the early 1930s. Named for Edward the Confessor, the second-to-last Anglo-Saxon king of England and founder of Westminster Abbey, the impressive facility was run by the Seattle Archdiocese until it was donated to the state of Washington in 1977 and turned into the park it is today.
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)

This former Catholic seminary sits on a high, forested bluff above the northern end of Lake Washington, providing access to one of the last stretches of undeveloped land on the waterfront via an excellent trail system.

Although it hosted the raucous Washington Brewer’s Festival for many years before the event moved to larger Marymoor Park in 2012, most of the time Saint Edward is quiet and calm, closer to the contemplative retreat likely envisioned when the seminary was founded by the Sulpician Order in the early 1930s. Named for Edward the Confessor, the second-to-last Anglo-Saxon king of England and founder of Westminster Abbey, the impressive facility was run by the Seattle Archdiocese until it was donated to the state of Washington in 1977 and turned into the park it is today.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kenmore
Distance: 2.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5-2.5 hours
Season: Hikable year-round, daily, 8 a.m.–sunset
Trailhead Elevation: 350 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 425-823-2992; parks.state.wa.us/577/Saint-Edward
Local Maps: USGS Seattle North
Driving Directions: Directions to Saint Edward State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

8/25/2007
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We hiked down to the lake via the easy path, then along the coast and up the North trail. It was quite a workout! There are a lot of trail runners in this park and folks with their dogs. It's a great place to hike, especially if you live in the area.


5/26/2007
0

Fairly extensive system of trails down to shoreline and back. Some are used by cyclists, and some are off-limits to bikes. The forest is typical Pacific Northwest - tall trees of varied species, ferns, and other lush greenery. Small picnic area by the shore of Lake Washington. Park at trailhead is interesting. On the campus of the college there is a reflexology path next to an herb garden.



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