Seward Park Loop

Seattle, Washington

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Paved Seward Park juts into Lake Washington like a thumb. Seattle city officials had the foresight to acquire the wild, wooded property in 1892 and eventually turn it into the public space we enjoy today. The loop trail circles the park on a closed off service road for most of its length, with the lake on one side and Seattle’s largest remaining old-growth forest on the other. Lake Washington—a 20-mile-long lake lined with waterfront homes and parks—defines Seattle’s eastern boundary. One of the city’s most beautiful parks, Seward Park occupies Bailey Peninsula and is home to an environmental and Audubon center, a clay art studio, an amphitheater, picnic facilities, and miles of trails. The longest and most scenic of the park’s trails is the Seward Park Loop (trail #10 on the park’s official map, available on their Web site). This wide, paved trail doubles as a service road that is closed to motorized public traffic. The trailhead for this hike is at the edge of the lake near the art studio. As you skirt the perimeter of the peninsula, it’s easy to forget that you’re still connected to the mainland. The setting has the distinctive feel of an island.

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"Paved Seward Park juts into Lake Washington like a thumb. Seattle city officials had the foresight to acquire the wild, wooded property in 1892 and eventually turn it into the public space we enjoy today. The loop trail circles the park on a closed off service road for most of its length, with the lake on one side and Seattle’s largest remaining old-growth forest on the other.

Lake Washington—a 20-mile-long lake lined with waterfront homes and parks—defines Seattle’s eastern boundary. One of the city’s most beautiful parks, Seward Park occupies Bailey Peninsula and is home to an environmental and Audubon center, a clay art studio, an amphitheater, picnic facilities, and miles of trails. The longest and most scenic of the park’s trails is the Seward Park Loop (trail #10 on the park’s official map,
available on their Web site). This wide, paved trail doubles as a service road that is closed to motorized public traffic. The trailhead for this hike is at the edge of the lake near the art studio. As you skirt the perimeter of the peninsula, it’s easy to forget that you’re still connected to the mainland. The setting has the distinctive feel of an island."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Seattle
Distance: 2.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Skating
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: USGS Seattle South E and Bellevue South W; Seattle street map
Driving Directions: Directions to Seward Park Loop

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