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Discovery Park and Lighthouse Loop

Intermediate

Trail

4.0 mile 6.5 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 406' 124 m
Descent: -405' -123 m
High: 335' 102 m
Low: 10' 3 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)

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Trail shared by Sarah Baker

An easy hike with views of Mt. Rainier from the West Point Lighthouse.

Sarah Baker

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly Easy parking and there is the Discovery Center to explore.

Closes at dark.

Overview

The initial trail is well traveled and chances are you'll see many other hikers and runners on the loop.

Description

What's great about this trail is that it's not that hard to get to and it is a huge park in Seattle. A little over a .5 miles and there is a great view of Elliott Bay - at this point you can chose to just continue along the Loop Trail, and it'll only take about an hour. If you want to add a little more difficulty definitely go down to the lighthouse.

There is parking at the Discovery Park Educational Center. Start on the Loop Trail and then look for the sign that indicates the trail down to the lighthouse. This is a fun hike with some great views. It's only about 3.5 miles, but you can get a nice workout in.

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May 10, 2020
Daniel Coyne
Mar 7, 2020
Sungyeal Kim
4mi
Feb 9, 2020
Sungyeal Kim
1.2mi
Dec 29, 2019
Lauren Bochenko
Oct 13, 2019
Dan Hanus
Classic in-city hike out to the lighthouse.
Sep 7, 2019
Darren Moss
3.5mi — 1h 30m
Aug 25, 2019
Jess Earp
Jul 21, 2019
Courtney E
Beautiful walk in Seattle — views of Rainier on a clear day!

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  4.3 from 26 votes

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Photos

A nice sunset over Puget Sound.
Jan 21, 2019 near Bainbri…, WA
Great trail for running or for kids!
Jul 31, 2016 near Seattle, WA
View down to the shore through the trees in Discovery Park.
Oct 4, 2016 near Bainbri…, WA
A fire hydrant by the side of the trail - a fun little reminder that this beautiful park is in an urban setting.
Mar 11, 2018 near Seattle, WA
The path is generally wide and big jogging strollers are fine to use.
Jul 31, 2016 near Bainbri…, WA

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