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Seward Park - Shore Loop

October 27, 2021
Type : hike
Length : 2.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain : 40 ft.
High Point : 10 ft.

If Seward Park was a little closer to where I live, I would be there a lot. Even on the Shore Loop Road, which is paved and sees a decent amount of people, it didn’t feel like I was in a city. To the right, you have sweeping views of Lake Washington, with it’s waves obscuring the normal city sounds, and to the left, you have huge trees giving you that wilderness feel.

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I was able to squeeze in another weekday morning hike. I debated whether I should try one of the interior trails on Seward Park, as I have done the Shore Loop before, albeit 7 years ago. But the lack of people and views of Lake Washington enticed me onto Shore Loop Road. I went counter clockwise and immediately noticed the playground - it had some cool structures I think my son would like, and also had a great view.
Seward Park Playground
Seward Park Playground
Bench along Shore Loop Road
Bench along Shore Loop Road
After walking by a shelter and another parking lot, I was onto Shore Loop Road, which is closed to cars. It felt like leaving the city behind, as it was a relatively windy day, and the waves of Lake Washington crashing against the shore were the only sounds I heard. I spotted what at first I thought was a canada goose, leisurely drinking water from a puddle. Upon getting closer, I realized it was something else (some sort of duck?). Whatever it was, it didn’t mind me walking right by it. The Audubon Society has a list of birds of Seward Park, but I ran out of patience trying to match pictures on the internet with what I saw.
Nice view of Lake Washington
Nice view of Lake Washington
Duck along Shore Loop Road at Seward Park
Duck along Shore Loop Road at Seward Park
Shore Loop Road
Shore Loop Road
The start of the Hatchery Trail
The start of the Hatchery Trail
Shore Loop Road
Shore Loop Road
It’s amazing how much the Bailey Peninsula, which is where Seward Park is, sticks out into Lake Washington. It felt like quite a while before I rounded the corner and could make out the Seattle skyline. I was tempted to try one of the trails that cross through the Park, like the Spine Trail, but saved that for another day. Just one more reason to come back.
Lake Washington and the Seattle skyline
Lake Washington and the Seattle skyline
Dock off of Shore Loop Road
Dock off of Shore Loop Road
Swimming platform and ducks
Swimming platform and ducks
I wandered out onto a dock that was protruding out into Andrews Bay, and a caught a glimpse of a couple of sail boats moored in the water. Farther along the Shore Loop Road I passed a swimming platform, and made a mental note to come back in the summer with my son for a swim.
Andrews Bay
Andrews Bay
Final stretch of the trail
Final stretch of the trail
Seward Park is a great spot, and I look forward to coming back to try some of the trails that cut through the center of the Park.