Interlaken Park Making Natural History

Seattle, Washington

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A shining jewel on the Olmsted Brothers’s “Emerald Necklace”—a vision of connected urban retreats—is Interlaken Park. This stretch of steep, forested land at the north end of Capitol Hill offers a chance for a shady stroll or bike ride, to commune with the state’s tallest redwood tree, discover pocket gopher mounds, or tune your birder’s ear to the fluting songs of thrushes. A visit to Interlaken provides a unique blend of a historic walk back in time (in the late 1890s, this park was the main bike and buggy route linking Capitol Hill with Lake Washington), with history in the making—the restoration of an urban forest ecosystem.
Nature in the City: Seattle

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Nature in the City: Seattle

by Maria Dolan & Kathryn True (The Mountaineers Books)

A shining jewel on the Olmsted Brothers’s “Emerald Necklace”—a vision of connected urban retreats—is Interlaken Park. This stretch of steep, forested land at the north end of Capitol Hill offers a chance for a shady stroll or bike ride, to commune with the state’s tallest redwood tree, discover pocket gopher mounds, or tune your birder’s ear to the fluting songs of thrushes.

A visit to Interlaken provides a unique blend of a historic walk back in time (in the late 1890s, this park was the main bike and buggy route linking Capitol Hill with Lake Washington), with history in the making—the restoration of an urban forest ecosystem.

©  Maria Dolan & Kathryn True/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Nature Trips
Nearby City: Seattle
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Interlaken Park: Making Natural History

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