What can I do in the spring (Part 2-city parks)?

In Part 1 we discussed some good beaches to visit on wet spring days (or sunny ones). Today, we’ll explore some city parks where you can go for a hike without driving, biking or bussing far.

We’ve already discussed Alki Beach which has a couple of miles of completely flat walkway (which you could combine with additional sidewalks for a longer and flat trail, or a hilly loop) as well as Discovery Park which has an excellent loop trail with a bit of up and down through the forest and includes ocean views.


Loop Trail in Discovery Park


View of Puget Sound along the loop trail in Discovery Park.

Seward Park in southeast Seattle has a wonderful and flat loop trail as well as many other trails around the park. The Washington Park Arboretum is another area with miles of trails in the city.

Another great way to get out and enjoy an urban hike (especially if you want a good workout) is to explore Seattle’s many stair systems (I particularly recommend the one that includes Kubota gardens, a hidden gem in the Rainier Beach neighborhood.

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Jennie Thwing Flaming, Chief Adventure Officer: Jennie's life has been a continual quest for adventure (of the non-adrenalin inducing kind) from birth till now. Professionally, she pursues adventures in teaching, counseling and working to obliterate institutional racism for students in our region's public schools and also works as a tour and hiking guide. Previous professional adventures include working in schools in Seattle and Alaska, leading tours and managing tour guides and traveling science shows and lessons with Pacific Science Center. She is working to earn a living outside and by sharing her beautiful and unique Pacific Northwest home with visitors. She likes to be outdoors and spend time with the people she loves. Jennie is born and raised in Seattle and has also lived in Alaska and the Netherlands.