Shoreline • Renton • Kent • Vashon Island
Seattleites often play in the mountain ranges they can see from their city—but sometimes you just need a hike you can do before lunch. That's what you get with Urban Trails: Seattle.
A thriving city of more than seven hundred thousand residents within a metropolitan area of nearly four million, Seattle has become a big city, with rapid growth and an increasing number of new arrivals every year. Thanks to the foresight of early city planners, however, the city's large park system contains a wide array of trails that traverse manicured lawns, nature preserves, old-growth forest groves, historic districts, and vibrant neighborhoods—as well as trails that travel along lakeshores, cascading creeks, and stretches of Puget Sound shoreline.
Within this sprawling metropolis you'll also find some of the best long-distance paved trails in the Northwest. They thread together parks and greenbelts that call out for further exploration and adventures. Whether you like to hike, run, or walk, you'll find countless options among Seattle's urban trails, giving you many reasons to never leave the city when seeking excellent outdoor adventures.
Features of this guide include:
- Trailhead directions, including public transit options
- Know Before You Gotips for park hours, events, and more
- Trail distances and high points
- Color photos and maps
- Trailhead amenities
- Info for families and dog owners
- Sidebars on area history, nature, or special sights
Craig Romano is an awardwinning author or coauthor of more than twenty books. Romano also writes for numerous publications, tourism websites, and HikeoftheWeek.com. When not hiking, running, or writing, he can be found napping with his wife and son at their home in Skagit County, Washington.
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