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5 Great Tree Covered Walks in Seattle

Fall Foliage Autumn Walk

Fall Foliage Autumn Walk

Happy Fall, Seattle! Because walking is one of the best ways to get your daily exercise, we offer you this list of local nature hikes. These may be in the city, but once you are in the trees you will soon forget and find yourself in a bit of the wild breathing fresh oxygen.

  1. Schmitz Preserve Park
    Spend an hour in the tall trees. This trail on the northwest side of West Seattle boasts some of Seattle’s only Old Growth forest.
  2. Cheasty Greenspace at Mountain View
    This 10-acre plot has been lovingly developed to have walking trails and bike paths, boasting an excellent view of Rainier. Find your way there for an afternoon amble.  Or head over to 300-Acre Seward Park for water views, trails, and a play area.
  3. Seward Park
    With a 2.4 mile paved loop for bike or walking, Seward park rests on Bailey Peninsula in Southeast Seattle. This park also has an Audobon Center which is hosting a Native Plant Sale on October 14-15, 2017 as well as other great events.
  4. Lakeridge Park
    This is an easy hike providing refuge from the city and with a stream along the way! This park is close to Madison Park and beach, the Washington Park Arboretum and the Seattle Japanese Garden.  Make a day of it in the area, or have your nature fix in less than an hour to boost your mood and keep the SAD at bay. (1,2)
  5. Golden Gardens
    Up above the stretching beach is a lovely wooded trail system. There are stair climbs, or flat paths through the trees depending on what you are looking for. If you are feeling adventurous opt for a relatively flat six-mile loop around Ballard to Golden Gardens. (This one’s a part of Map My Walk which is a Free App that can help track your fall tree routes!) You can hit a small part of the tree-crested trail by accessing it at the dog park area, with a parking lot to boot! Lovely peeks down to the water and plenty of fresh air and tree cover just in case its a rainy day. Don’t let a little rain stop you from getting energized in a tucked away wilderness area of our beautiful city.

Out and about in the trees, taking in the scenery and fresh air, you may even forget you are exercising. (3) But it still counts!

  1. Taking a Walk in Nature Could be the Best Thing You Do for Your Mood All Day. HuffPost.
  2. 7 Seasonal Affective Disorder Natural Treatments that Work. Dr. Axe.
  3. 25 Ways to Exercise Without Realizing It. NerdFitness.