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Green Lake

Puget Sound and Islands


Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area
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2.8 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 164 ft.


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The quintessential Seattle walk around the perimeter of a 50,000 thousand-year-old glacial lake, this trail is accessible to folks of all ages and abilities. It continues to be a preserve for hundreds of species of trees and plants, as well as numerous birds and waterfowl.

Green Lake was formed 50,000 years ago by the retreat of the Vashon glacier. The park is a preserve for wildlife, most notably waterfowl, including American Coots, ducks, and geese. The surrounding grounds retain some of the original old growth, with species including Douglas fir, Western red cedar, alder, poplar, gold twig willow, and madrona lining the shores.

The famous Green Lake path is 2.8 miles in circumference, with minimal elevation change. It is accessible to walkers, joggers, bikers, children, pets, and the disabled. The path includes a crushed granite trail closest to the lake for walkers and joggers and a paved, asphalt path for wheeled users and walkers. The inner part of the paved path is for walkers, while the outer part is reserved for wheels.

On warm weather summer days, beware: parking is scarce and trail users are in abundance.


Green Lake

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.6690, -122.3401 Open map in new window


Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

City of Seattle

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Getting There

From I-5, take exit 169 to NE 50th Street. Drive west to Green Lake Way, and turn north. The lake will be on the left. There are several parking areas along the perimeter of the lake.

take transit

This trailhead is accessible by bus! Plan your visit by bus using TOTAGO, or consult the schedule for King County Metro route number 26 or route number 45.

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