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Wellness & Nature

8 Great Seattle Trails To Hike This Weekend

By Emma Colosia

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Hiking is a great activity to breathe in some fresh air!

Take advantage of the green surroundings that Washington state has to offer. These hiking trails in and around Seattle will make your workout a scenic treat.

Here are our top 8 hiking trails to visit this weekend:

1. Seward Park 

Where: 5900 Lake Washington Blvd

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 2.4 miles

Get your daily dose of vitamin D without heading out to the mountains. The trail is completely paved and appropriate for a walk, run or bike ride. It can be enjoyed by people of all fitness levels.

 

2. Cable Line Trail 

Where: Issaquah Alps – Tiger Mountain (33 miles from Seattle)

Difficulty: Intermediate

Length: 3 miles 

A short but intense trail will lead you up Tiger Mountain. The incline is steep and quite slippery at times. Ideal for hiking amateurs and quick training sessions. 

 

3. South Beach Trail 

Where: Discovery Park

Difficulty: Intermediate

Length: 3 miles

The best trail for bird watchers from April to October. Begin your promenade at Discovery Park and finish at the beautiful lighthouse. Maps available at the Visitors center! 

 

3. Cherry Creek Falls 

Where: Duvall, Washington (30 miles outside Seattle)

Difficulty: Intermediate 

Length: 4.9 miles

Dazzling scenic trail perfect for nature watching. Don’t forget to take waterproof boots or sneakers if it’s been rainy, it gets very muddy and you’ll have to walk over stream crossings. 

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4. Shoreview and Boeing Creek Loop 

Where: Shoreview Park

Difficulty: Medium

Length: 1.5 miles

Downhill lover? Shoreview will become your obsession. Whilst most of the hike is easy, there’s a part of the loop where you’ll be walking very close to the creek. It’s quite challenging not to fall into the water, so prepare yourself to skip on rocks. Not recommended for kids!

 

5. Burke-Gilman Trail 

Where: From Golden Gardens Park at Seaview Ave. NW to 102nd Ave. NE near Woodinville Dr./SR 522

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 20 miles (one-way)

Burke-Gilman follows a historic railroad route along Lake Washington to the Sammamish River.  The entire 20 miles are paved, so it’s perfect for walking, bike or even roller-skate rides. It passes other important Seattle parks like Gas Works, Magnuson and Log Boom. You can also reach trail connections to Sammamish River.

 

6. East Lake Sammamish Trail 

Where: NW Gilman Blvd. and 4th Ave. NW (Issaquah) and NE 70th St. at SR 202 (Redmond) (20.6 miles away from Seattle)

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 11 miles

The trail passes the waterfront park, where you can stop to swim, fish or workout on the grass.  It has a beautiful picnic area you can’t miss!

 

7. Cougar Mountain 

Where: 18201 SE Cougar Mountain Dr (14.3 miles away from Seattle)

Difficulty: Difficult

Length: 35 miles

A good option for experienced trekkers and fitness junkies. Cougar Mountain includes forests, caves, wetlands, streams and cliffs. Although it’s mostly visited by hikers, some parts of the trails allow horse-riding. You’ll get spectacular views of Lake Sammamish, the Cascades and Seattle city.

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