Where to Hike Near Seattle
Spend more time outdoors, and less in your car
The best part of hiking when you’re in Seattle? Some of the area’s best are only a short drive away. Below, three local spots that are less than a 30-minute drive from the Emerald City.
Discovery Park Loop Trail
The best part of the Discovery Park Loop Trail is that you don’t have to even leave Seattle proper to enjoy it. This 2.8 mile loop within the park is an ideal way to catch some of nature’s best in a fairly manageable distance – making it easy for youngsters and more advanced trail runners.
Cedar River Trail
Though this leafy trail – which follows a historic railroad route – can extend up to 34 miles roundtrip, you can take a much shorter and leisurely route by accessing it from several points from Lake Washington to Maple Valley. Given that the trail runs parallel to the Cedar River, you’re guaranteed soul-soothing views along the way.
Evans Creek Preserve
In addition to wildflower meadows and wetlands, this 179-acre farmstead off the Redmond-Fall City Road also features 3.5 miles of pedestrian-only loop trails – which were lovingly built by volunteers. Nature lovers will appreciate the wildlife sightings, including including birds, deer, black bears, and beavers.