Alki Trail

Seacrest Park, Washington

Elevation Gain43ft
Trailhead Elevation9ft
Elevation Min/Max0/9ft
Elevation Start/End9/9ft

Alki Trail

Alki Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Seattle, Washington. It is within Don Armeni Boat Ramp, Seacrest Park, and Alki Beach Park. It is 4.0 miles long and begins at 9 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 43 feet. Fairmount Avenue Southwest Street End and other beaches and the Cove 2 and Cove 3 waters are near the trailhead. There is also a pier. Telecsope and other viewpoints, the Inset-Anchor (Park) On Alki, Pavers, Bronze Imbeds, Viewers, Bronze Plaques and Medallion, Alki / Duwamish Culture Trail, and Little Liberty artworks, the Duwamish Head (elevation 3 feet) cliff, and the Southwest Bronson Way Street End and Alki Beach (elevation 16 feet) beaches can be seen along the trail. There are also bicycle parkings, benches, drinking waters, parkings, coastlines, a shower, an information map, and a bbq along the trail. This trail connects with the following: West Seattle Bridge Trail.

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Best Rail Trails: Pacific Northwest (Falcon Guides)
Natalie Bartley
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"Picture-perfect views of the Seattle skyline across Elliott Bay blend with the sounds of barking sea lions. The north end of the Alki Trail starts at Alki Beach, the Venice (California) of Puget Sound—a beachfront with blades, bikes, and bronze volleyball bodies. Follow the trail as it extends south toward an industrial area along the Duwamish River near the West Seattle Bridge. From there it’s possible to connect with the West Seattle Bridge Trail and, via neighborhood roads, the Duwamish and Green River Trails." Read more
Best Hikes Near Seattle (Falcon Guides)
Peter Stekel
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"The Alki Beach Trail draws people year-round and is one of the most popular walks anywhere in Seattle. Summer crowds are definitely a hindrance, but Alki is a great place for leg-stretching the rest of the year. Views are just as good—even better when winter snow covers the Olympics. Walk, jog, or bring your bike. Exercise the dog, or come down for a cuppa joe and some fish-and-chips." Read more
"Getting prepared for the hiking season can involve time in the gym. But time spent on a treadmill or stair-climbing machine isn’t very interesting. Fortunately Seattle is blessed in having some steep hills. Though the hills stymied road building, our city fathers saw to it that pedestrians were provided with stairs. Such wisdom! And what better way to get in shape than to utilize those stairs? Adjacent to Alki Beach are two tall sets of nearly 200 stairs to climb. Combine them with a pleasant walk in a quiet neighborhood." Read more
Seattle Stairway Walks (The Mountaineers Books)
Jake Jaramillo and Cathy Jaramillo
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"Alki Beach is a year-round magnet for tourists, and a very popular summertime destination for Seattleites too. Take a summer drive around the peninsula, and your eyes tend to be drawn outward—to the sand, the water, and the festive folks strolling the boardwalk. The ferry, heading from Downtown past Alki Point, provides a very different view. From this perspective a 300-foot bluff—Duwamish Head—dominates and defines Alki. If you’re a neighborhood explorer and stairway walker, this view will start you thinking about the possibilities for exploration. Is there a route from the top of the bluff to the beach below—maybe a stairway or two with a view? You’ll find out on this walk, which starts in the North Admiral neighborhood at the top of the peninsula, advances to the bluff’s edge, then plunges down steep lanes and scenic stairways toward the beach. Along the way you’ll get intimate views of a proudly independent neighborhood, clinging tenaciously to the hillside." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Seattle (Falcon Guides)
Allen Cox
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"Alki Beach is the birthplace of Seattle, where a schooner set the first settlers ashore in November 1851. Today this long stretch of shoreline and beach is one of Seattle’s liveliest and most scenic neighborhoods, where people come to play, dine, stroll, and scuba dive. If you’ve ever seen a postcard of Seattle’s stunning skyline shot from across the harbor, the classic photo was likely taken from the starting point of this hike." Read more
Walking Seattle (Wilderness Press)
Clark Humphrey
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"On a miserable November day in 1851, 10 adults and 12 children landed in a schooner on a windswept beach to meet David Denny, who’d arrived before to scout possible settlement sites. They named their dreary outpost New York–Alki (“New York by-and-by” in Chinook jargon). The following spring, the settlers mostly moved east to today’s Pioneer Square. Alki later blossomed into a residential and recreational neighborhood. The city preserved several miles of the Puget Sound shore for public use. Depending on the season, you could find yourself walking here among hundreds of inline skaters, cyclists, and parents pushing baby strollers, or among just a few die-hard joggers. The walk leads you to Alki Beach, a highly popular site for sea gazing and socializing (and, during the peak years of the hot-rod culture, for car cruising)." Read more

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Trail Information

Seacrest Park
Nearby City
Don Armeni Boat Ramp
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Skill Level
Additional Use
USGS Duwamish Head
Local Maps

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Dec 2018