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Discovery Park Loop Trail

Relatively easy 2.8 mile loop through discovery park. Other trails are accessible from the loop.

photo: Path along the south beach of Discovery Park. Photo by Joe Mabel/wiki.

Length: 2.80 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Type: Fitness Trail, Urban Trail
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: At Seattle's Discovery Park, NW of downtown, overlooking Puget Sound.
State(s): Washington
Counties: King
Longitude: -122.4065
Latitude: 47.6576

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Description

Discovery Park is a popular place to go for a walk on a nice sunny day. While there are numerous trails, the Loop Trail provides an enjoyable and relatively easy 2.8 mile journey through the park. The park has directional signs at most intersections so it’s pretty easy to find the Loop Trail from wherever you enter the park. And, being a loop, you can go clockwise or counter-clockwise, depending on your preference.

Along the way, you’ll cross other trails that can take you on side trips, such as down to the water. However, the Loop Trail itself offers some good views. Most of the trail is forested with moderate changes in elevation. There are many trees and logs and in the winter months you’ll see plenty of moss.

Aside from crossing a couple roads, some of which are no longer used by vehicles, there’s not much to interrupt the beautiful northwest forest. If you’re walking counter-clockwise, you’ll eventually cross a street and pass by a military housing development that is part of Fort Lawton. After ascending a hill, you’ll see a beautiful view of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1975

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Walking in Seattle - trail details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Seattle Parks and Recreation
610 Municipal Building
Seattle, WA 98104

 

Photos

Path along the south beach of Discovery Park. Photo by Joe Mabel/wiki.

Path along the south beach of Discovery Park. Photo by Joe Mabel/wiki.

West Point, Discovery Park. Photo by Joe Mabel/wiki.

West Point, Discovery Park. Photo by Joe Mabel/wiki.

 

West Point Light Station. The lighthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Photo by Seattle Muni Archives/wiki.

West Point Light Station. The lighthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Photo by Seattle Muni Archives/wiki.

Panoramic view of Puget Sound and trail above the bluffs, Discovery Park. Photo by Joe Mabel/wiki.

Panoramic view of Puget Sound and trail above the bluffs, Discovery Park. Photo by Joe Mabel/wiki.

 

Looking from the Henry M. Jackson Viewpoint across the south meadow to Puget Sound. Photo by Joe Mabel/wiki.

Looking from the Henry M. Jackson Viewpoint across the south meadow to Puget Sound. Photo by Joe Mabel/wiki.

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