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Break Your Fitbit Step Records with These Seattle Area Walks and Hikes

With the summer weather coming in hot, there’s no better time to hit the trail for a walk, hike, or run. No matter what your daily activity goals are, these awesome Seattle area trails should help you crush them.

Alki Trail
Seattle, WA
Elevation gain: 170 ft.
Difficulty: Easy
2.20 miles (approximately 4,500-5,000 steps)
This trail has a great view of the city, Cascades, Olympics and Mt. Rainier. It is popular with joggers, bikers, and skateboarders. Dogs are welcome!
No pass required.

Anti-Aircraft Peak Trail
Issaquah, WA
Elevation gain: 600 ft.
Difficulty: Easy
6.0 miles round trip (approximately 11,400-15,000 steps)
Features forests and waterfalls, meadows and cliffs. Accessible year round. Dogs must be kept on a leash. Map at the trail head to help you choose which trails to take and how to get back out.
No pass required.

Bridle Trails State Park
Kirkland, WA
Elevation gain: 450 ft.
Difficulty: Easy
3.5 miles (approximately 6,650-8,750 steps)
Well-known for its horse trails and equestrian shows. Open year round and for day use only. Dogs welcome but must be kept on leash.
Discover Pass required.

Burke-Gilman Trail
Seattle, WA
No elevation gain
Difficulty: Easy
14 miles (approximately 26,000-34,000 steps)
The Burke-Gilman is Seattle’s de-facto highway for walkers, joggers, and bikers. Plan to walk a section or go for the whole thing! The section of the trail above Magnuson Park tends to be less crowded and offers beautiful views of Lake Washington.
No pass required.

Big Finn Hill
Kenmore, WA
Minimal elevation gain
Difficulty: Moderate
10 miles (approximately 19,000-25,000 steps)
This year-round hike is great for families and pets!
No pass required.

Bandera Mountain Trail
North Bend, WA
Elevation Gain: 3,400 ft.
Highest Point: 5240 ft.
Difficulty: Hard
7 miles (approximately 13,300-17,500 steps)
This is a great day hike, located just about an hour away from Seattle. The hike offers a slow and steady elevation gain, with breathtaking views, and a steep section for the last half mile to the top of Bandera Mountain. You can also skip the final climb and take an alternative route down to Mason Lake. This trail is accessible June to November.
Northwest Forest Pass Required.

Rattlesnake Mountain—Rattlesnake Ledge Trail
North Bend, WA
Elevation Gain: 1160 ft.
Highest Point: 2078 ft.
Difficulty: Moderate-Hard
4 miles (approximately 7,600-10,000 steps)
A great, relatively short hike near Seattle—with a big payoff at the top. This is a popular hike, so show up early to beat the crowds.
No pass required.

Coal Creek Trail
Bellevue, WA
Elevation Gain: 500 ft.
Difficulty: Moderate
6 miles round trip (approximately 11,400-15,000 steps)
Moderate and flat terrain, with continuous hills in the lower 1.2 miles. Boardwalks, stairs, bridges, and benches in the fairly dense forest. The most popular trail in the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, which is a beautiful regional park with over 50 interconnected trails of varying difficulty.
No pass required.

Discovery Park Loop Trail
Seattle, WA
Elevation gain: 325 ft.
Difficulty: Easy
2.60 miles (approximately 5,000-6,500 steps)
Get out in nature without leaving the city! Discovery Park has many beautiful trails that can be hiked or jogged year-round. The Loop Trail is well maintained with little elevation gain. If you’d like to get more of a climb in, we recommend breaking off from the loop and taking the North or South Beach Trail down to the water.
No pass required.

Foster Island Trail
Seattle, WA
No elevation gain
Difficulty: Easy
1.5 miles (approximately 2,850-3,750 steps)
This walk through the Washington Park Arboretum offers beautiful views of Lake Washington. Dogs on leashes are welcome.
No pass required.

Four Cedars Trail
Puget Sound Area
Difficulty: Easy
3 miles (approximately 5,700-7,500 steps)
This trail begins in Tolmie State Park near Olympia. Great for families and passes through both forest and shoreline.
Discover Pass required.

Greenlake Loop
Seattle, WA
Slight elevation gain
Difficulty: Easy
3 miles (approximately 5,700-7,500 steps)
Outer loop is around 3.21 mile run.
No pass required.

Lincoln Park
Seattle, WA
Elevation gain: 160 ft.
Difficulty: Easy
5 miles (approximately 9,500-12,500 steps)
Connects a mile of seawalls, rocky beaches and grassy forests. This park contains 4.6 miles of walking paths and 3.9 miles of bike trails. The park’s best views are along Trails 1 and 2—the beachfront and bluff trails, respectively. 
No pass required.

Sammamish River Trail
Woodinville, WA
No elevation gain
Difficulty: Moderate
10.9 miles (approximately 20,710-27,250 steps)
Paved trail. Primarily used for road biking and walking. Offers extraordinary views of the river, the broad Sammamish River Valley, Cascade foothills and Mt. Rainier. Plan to walk a section or go for the whole thing!
No pass required.

Seward Park
Seattle, WA
No elevation gain
Difficulty: Easy
2.4 miles (approximately 4,500-6,000 steps)
Perfect for trail runners, dog owners, children, and afternoon walks. Begin loop at Seward Park Environmental & Audubon Center.
No pass required.

Volunteer Park
Seattle, WA
No elevation gain
Difficulty: Easy
1 mile (approximately 2,000-2,500 steps)
Park includes a conservatory, a water tower with an observation deck, sculptures, and a scenic view of the Seattle skyline. Great place for a walk and a picnic.
No pass required.

Goat Lake
Granite Falls/ Mountain Loop Highway
1400 foot elevation gain
Difficulty: Difficult
10.4 miles roundtrip (approximately 20,000-26,000 steps)
Diverse scenery including forest, creek, waterfalls, and a lake. Dogs allowed on leash.
Northwest Forest Pass required.

Poo Poo Point
Issaquah
1858 foot elevation gain
Difficulty: Difficult
7.2 miles roundtrip (approximately 14,000- 18,000 steps)
Hike through forest and traverse streams with beautiful views at the top. Dogs allowed on leash.
No pass required.

Lake Serene
Stevens Pass/ Gold Bar
2000 foot elevation gain
Difficulty: Difficult
8.2 miles roundtrip (approximately 15,000- 20,000 steps)
Beautiful hike to a mountain lake with the option of seeing Bridal Veil Falls on your hike to the lake. Dogs allowed on leash.
Northwest Forest Pass required.

Denny Creek
Snoqualmie Pass
1345 foot elevation gain
Difficulty: Moderate
6 miles roundtrip (approximately 11,000- 15,000 steps)
A popular hike for families with a natural water slide. Dogs allowed on leash.
Northwest Forest Pass required

Mt Si
North Bend
3150 foot elevation gain
Difficulty: Difficult
8 miles roundtrip (approximately 15,000- 20,000 steps)
A popular trail with spectacular views at the top. Dogs allowed on leash.
Discover Pass required.

Little Si
North Bend
1300 foot elevation gain
Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
4.7 miles roundtrip (approximately 9,000- 12,000 steps)
Some steep inclines with level walking as well. Great views at the top. Dogs allowed on leash.
Discover Pass required.

Snoqualmie Falls
North Bend
250 foot elevation gain
Difficulty: Easy
1.4 miles roundtrip (approximately 2,700- 3,500 steps)
A well-maintained path leading to views of the spectacular falls. Dogs allowed on leash.
No pass required.

Lake 22
Granite Falls/ Mountain Loop Highway
1350 foot elevation gain
Difficulty: Difficult
5.4 miles roundtrip (approximately 10,000- 13,500 steps)
Wear shoes that can get wet as this trail has several active streams and rough terrain. Dogs allowed on leash.
Northwest Forest Pass required.

Snow Lake
Snoqualmie
1800 foot elevation gain
Difficulty: Moderate
7.2 miles roundtrip (approximately 14,000- 18,000 steps)
A popular hike on sunny days, this is the most visited lake in the Alpine Lakes area. Dogs allowed on leash.
Northwest Forest Pass required.

Staircase Rapids
Hood Canal
150 foot elevation gain
Difficulty: Easy
4 miles roundtrip (approximately 7,500- 10,000 steps)
A gentle hike along a river with plenty of rapids and small falls. No dogs allowed.
National Park/Refuge entry fee required.

South Indian Island
Hood Canal
Minimal elevation gain
Difficulty: Easy
4 miles roundtrip (approximately 7,500- 10,000 steps)
A gentle walk through a lagoon and beach. Picnic areas on sight. No dogs allowed.
No pass required.

Heather Lake
Granite Falls/ Mountain Loop Highway
1034 foot elevation gain
Difficulty: Moderate
4.6 miles roundtrip (approximately 9,000- 11,500 steps)
A short, but steep hike to a beautiful lake. Popular on sunny days. Dogs allowed on leash.
Northwest Forest Pass required.

Cherry Creek Falls
Duvall
450 foot elevation gain
Difficulty: Easy-moderate
5 miles roundtrip (approximately 9,500- 12,500 steps)
A partially shaded trail with a waterfall and swimming hole at the end. Dogs allowed on leash.
No pass required.

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