South Seahurst Park Nature Trail
ElevationAscent: 224' 68 m
Descent: -138' -42 m
High: 243' 74 m
Low: 24' 7 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
Current trail conditions
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“Similar to nearby Seahurst Park Nature Trail, this winding singletrack climbs above the Puget Sound.”— Brendan Ross
Starting from the Shoreline Trail, the southern trail picks up near the covered picnic area after the footbridge. Look for a singletrack disappearing into the brush, making a quick climb up into the trees. After a short dip down, it's mostly climbing for the next half mile as the path twists and turns through the woods. Less popular than its northern cousin, this trail tends to be less maintained, with plants occasionally growing into the route. Watch out for thorns.
A shortcut can be found to the left around a third of a mile in, allowing hikers to bypass a short, steep segment a little ways ahead. As the path levels out, it turns north. Steer clear of the singletracks branching off to the south, which lead to private property.
The last quarter mile is a descent down to the upper parking area. Visitors can take advantage of picking up the trail from this end for an uninterrupted off-road route to the northern area. It can be tricky to find where the trail connects to the lot, so take advantage of the GPS track here to help out.
Both large and small birds are present in great numbers around Seahurst. Seagulls, eagles, woodpeckers, herons, and owls can be found here. Landborne animals are less frequently sighted, confined mostly to suburban woodland creatures like raccoons and mice. The creeks in Seahurst were once return routes for spawning salmon, and a hatchery near the Science Center researches their movements.
Land Manager: Burien Parks and Recreation