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Frink, Leschi and Madrona Parks

October 29, 2021
Type : hike
Length : 3.3 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain : 400 ft.
High Point : 120 ft.

I had recently heard of Frink Park, and while it was a very small park, it looked like it had some nice trails and was a place I wanted to explore. My wife and I were looking to get at least a couple of miles in, and consulting the map it looked like it was easy to get down the waterfront trail in Madrona, so we took an extended lunch break and headed out.

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The start of the trail
The start of the trail
Driving down Lake Washington Blvd through Fink Park it was clear this is a cool place. I was unsure where we would begin our hike, as there isn’t a centralized parking area. Towards the Southern end of the park we were able to find a parking spot on the side of the road for a couple of cars, and we pulled off and walked a couple hundred yards to a trail.
Tall trees in Frink Park
Tall trees in Frink Park
A trail in Frink Park
A trail in Frink Park
Frink Park is situated on the side of a hill, and the trail descends down to the hill and towards a small stream. None of the trails are named, and there is no signage, so I had to consult Google Maps a couple of times as we came to trail junctions. We crossed a couple of roads, and eventually reached the northern end of Frink Park. We left Frink and crossed over into Leschi Park and walked down towards the water, passing by South Leschi Moorage before hooking into the Waterfront Trail along Lake Washington.
Leaving Frink Park
Leaving Frink Park
Walking through Leschi Park
Walking through Leschi Park
Leschi Marina
Leschi Marina
The walk along the waterfront was nice, and we passed through Madrona Beach and Madrona Park, before reaching the end of the trail at the East Pine Street Shoreline Street End. I have seen a number of Shoreline Street Ends in Seattle, and didn’t know what they are. It’s a program from the Department of Transportation to provide public access to the waterfront throughout Seattle including Lake Washington, and there are close to 150 throughout the city.
Madrona Park
Madrona Park
Huge tree in Madrona Park
Huge tree in Madrona Park
East Pine Street - Shoreline Street End
East Pine Street - Shoreline Street End
Lake Washington
Lake Washington
Waterfront Trail near Madrona Park
Waterfront Trail near Madrona Park
Frink Parl trail
Frink Parl trail
We got onto the trail back into Frink Park and descended the hill, quickly reaching the same trail we had come in on. It was a good amount of uphill, but pleasant going through the forest.
Frink Park is great - while the trails are short, it’s a really nice area and I like the fact it has a good amount of up and down. Combing Frink Park with Leschi and Madrona gave us a long walk, and a good mix of forest and waterfront.