Green Lake

Seattle, Washington

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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.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Seattle

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Seattle

by Allen Cox (Falcon Guides)

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.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Seattle
Distance: 2.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Skating
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: USGS Seattle North E; Seattle street map
Driving Directions: Directions to Green Lake

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May 2018