Schmitz Park Preserve Seattle's Forest Past

Seattle, Washington

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Follow any path into Schmitz Park Preserve and it’s hard not to be wowed by the wildness of it. Just fifty-three acres in size (three blocks long by two blocks wide), it offers a walk into our forested past like no other natural area in the city. Starting in 1908 several parcels were donated to the city as parkland, the largest by Ferdinand Schmitz, a German immigrant who served on the parks commission and astutely anticipated the need to protect some of what was left of the city’s great conifer forests. Although the biggest, straightest trees were logged, and more than one hundred trees fell during a major storm in 1992, considerable old growth remains. Caretakers of the park have tried to keep the experience of walking here as close to a hike in the Cascades as possible.
Nature in the City: Seattle

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Nature in the City: Seattle

by Maria Dolan & Kathryn True (The Mountaineers Books)

Follow any path into Schmitz Park Preserve and it’s hard not to be wowed by the wildness of it. Just fifty-three acres in size (three blocks long by two blocks wide), it offers a walk into our forested past like no other natural area in the city. Starting in 1908 several parcels were donated to the city as parkland, the largest by Ferdinand Schmitz, a German immigrant who served on the parks commission and astutely anticipated the need to protect some of what was left of the city’s great conifer forests.

Although the biggest, straightest trees were logged, and more than one hundred trees fell during a major storm in 1992, considerable old growth remains. Caretakers of the park have tried to keep the experience of walking here as close to a hike in the Cascades as possible.

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

Activity Type: Nature Trips
Nearby City: Seattle
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Schmitz Park Preserve: Seattle's Forest Past

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