Green Lake Trail

Green Lake Park, Washington

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Green Lake Trail

Green Lake Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Seattle, Washington. It is within Green Lake Park. The East Green Lake Beach and West Green Lake Beach beaches, Greenlake Bathhouse/Theater, Greenlake, and other parkings, the Signs of Life, Seven Figures, Stroke, and Portal artworks, and the Green Lake Community Center community centre can be seen along the trail. There are also bicycle parkings, restroom, benches, an information map, drinking waters, and a recreation ground along the trail.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Seattle (Falcon Guides)
Allen Cox
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"Green Lake Park is nestled in North Seattle’s urban Green Lake neighborhood. The centerpiece of this 300-plus-acre park is the lake itself, which is surrounded by a 2.8-mile path. This popular park, one of the city’s outdoor recreation hotspots, sits adjacent to Woodland Park, home of the Woodland Park Zoo. The same glacial ice sheet that scooped out Puget Sound also created Green Lake approximately 50,000 years ago. Today Green Lake occupies the bulk of a graceful city park containing an array of athletic and recreational facilities and a loop trail. You can begin the hike at any point on the trail, but for a frame of reference, assume the trail begins at the Green Lake Small Craft Center at the south end of the lake and that you will hike in a clockwise direction." Read more
Walking Seattle (Wilderness Press)
Clark Humphrey
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"A big spot of water and open space surrounded by North Seattle’s residential calm, Green Lake got its name simply because an early surveyor noted how green it was because of algae gathering along its shallow bottom. The lake became even greener when city officials made it even shallower. Later officials have tried to make the lake less green over the years by cracking down on algae and aquatic plants, with mixed success. Through all this time, the 3-mile path around the lake’s perimeter has remained a popular spot for seeing and being seen, for running, jogging, bicycling, roller skating, canoeing, swimming, and just plain walking." Read more

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The Greenlake loop is the ultimate beginning walking trail. You can run, bike, skateboard, scooter - whatever! Lots of kids, dogs and people of all ages. Gets busy on weekends but still worth it!

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Trail Information

Green Lake Park
Nearby City
Green Lake Park
Skill Level
Swimming, Skating, Boating
Additional Use
Seattle - King County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Local Contacts
USGS Seattle North E; Seattle street map
Local Maps

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Dec 2018