Seward Park Loop Trail
The Seward Park Loop Trail is a short route that loops the perimeter of Seward Park on Bailey Peninsula. This easy route is frequented by walkers, runners, bikers, people with dogs, and families. It’s a quick escape from the urban atmosphere and offers diverse flora and fauna despite its proximity to the city and humble size. Seward Park is located southeast of downtown Seattle and boasts an impressive array of activities, including educational and cultural enrichments. Come enjoy the park!
This trail sees heavy traffic, so a visit in the morning or midweek is recommended if you want a bit more solitude.
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Route Description for Seward Park Loop Trail
Seward Park is a wonderful spot for adventurers in Seattle to escape for a while. This park encompasses the Bailey Peninsula, and the Seward Park Loop Trail loops the entire perimeter of the park. With lovely views of surrounding Lake Washington, a well-maintained multi-use trail, swim areas, and diverse flora and fauna, your walk will be a wonderful one.
The park also boasts an amphitheater and a variety of cultural and educational activities. Check out the native plant garden, the art studio, the picnic areas, and more!
There is poison oak present in the foliage of the park, so remember to stay on the trail and to keep your pets on a leash, both of which are good practices no matter the trail.
The loop trail is frequented by walkers, bikers, runners, and those with dogs. It’s mostly level and offers great views the whole way around, making it a solid choice for beginners and families too. We recommend planning to enjoy the other amenities of the park after your hike if you can. If not, you’ll still get a brief reprieve from the city filled with nature.
The Seward Park Environmental and Audubon Center is a great starting point, with washrooms, doggy bags, and informational kiosks for you to use. Walk southeast from the center towards the playground. Follow the signage for trail #10 on the map, which is the loop trail.
The walk is easy, paved, and simple to follow. About a half of a mile in, there is a junction. Keep going straight. Next, you’ll pass the site of the disused fish hatchery. At the next junction, you’ll be able to stay on the paved path or venture into the forest for more difficult trails. Stay on the outer loop trail for now.
Enjoy the wide views over Lake Washington. You can usually see paddleboarders, sailboats, and people fishing. The trail mostly hugs the shoreline, making the lake the focal point of the view for a good portion of the hike.
Look for a nice view of downtown as you loop back to the environmental center. From here, you can either leave the park or spend some more time enjoying it on other trails or by taking a swim.
The Bailey Peninsula juts out into Lake Washington, the largest lake in King County and the second-largest natural lake in Washington State. Lake Washington got its present name in 1854 after George Washington. The original name was Xacuabš, a Duwamish word meaning “great amount of water.” The lake stretches almost 34 square miles across the eastern side of Seattle and offers chances to swim, boat, fish, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is Seward Park open?
Seward Park is open from 6 AM until 10 PM. The swim areas may sometimes be closed outside of these hours depending on lifeguard availability.
Can you swim at Seward Park?
Yes, there is a swimming beach at Seward Park.
Are dogs allowed at Seward Park?
Yes, dogs are allowed in the park but they must be kept on a leash.
Insider Hints for Seward Park Loop Trail
- Nearby Flying Squirrel Pizza is a local favorite if you’ve worked up an appetite after your hike.
- No pass or permit is required for this hike.
- Watch for runners and bikers on this multi-use path.
Getting to the Seward Park Loop Trail Trailhead
The trailhead for the Seward Park Loop Trail is off Lake Washington Blvd S at the intersection with S Juneau St.
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