7 hikes in Seattle that are perfect for even the laziest of people

Mar 4 2020, 9:57 am

Not everyone is a natural-born wanderer, and that’s okay.

Lucky for you, Seattle is packed with parks and around the city that are perfect for those wanting a nice stroll with plenty of sunny spots to lie in.

Whether you’re new to hiking or simply want to make yourself seem more active on social media, these seven Seattle hikes are perfect for even the laziest of people.

Washington Park Arboretum

 

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What is an arboretum, you ask? It’s an area devoted to the planting of trees and shrubs. In a way, it’s a museum of trees. The park itself is laced with miles of walkable trails and bridges, and it even houses its very own Japanese garden.

Discovery Park

 

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Being the largest park in the city, we recommend sticking to the National Recreation Trail at only 2.8 miles long. The hike is mainly flat and offers nice views of the flowers, birds, and even some owls. If you make it down to South Beach, keep an eye out for possible seals, sea lions, and orcas.

Green Lake

 

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If you’ve lived in Seattle for more than a month, chances are someone’s told you to hike Green Lake. The gorgeous lake path is only 2.8 miles around and is accessible to all walkers, joggers, bikers, children, strollers, pets, and even those in wheelchairs.

Seward Park

 

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With plenty of concrete to walk on, don’t worry about getting your shoes dirty or having to cross over fallen tree trunks. The Seward Park trail features picnic benches and tables, as well as an amphitheater, bike loop, walking loop, native plant garden, a swimming beach, and more.

Carkeek Park

 

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Carkeek Park features one main hike that follows the length of Piper’s Creek, with various trails branching off of it. Although a rather long trail of 3.5 miles, it’s a good option for kids as it allows them to learn about the creek ecosystem and even catch glimpses of the salmon run if you’re lucky.

Interlaken Park

 

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Get ready to climb some steps at Interlaken Park. While the total distance of this trail is only 1.6 miles, the elevation varies 125 feet to 325 feet. We recommend this trail for people who like pacing themselves out and aren’t afraid to get a little mud on their shoes.

Cowen and Ravenna Parks

 

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For those who aren’t ready to fully immerse themselves in nature away from the city, a hike through Cowen and Ravenna Parks is the perfect place to start. Enjoy sharing miles of with sparrows, squirrels, and more, all while keeping the backdrop of the city close. Be sure to explore the sundial and frog!