Where to Run
Alki Beach

Distance: ~4 Miles

Directions: Alki Beach

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Picture a perfect summer day, and chances are your thoughts will take you to Alki Beach Park, a long beach strip that runs from Alki Point to Duwamish Head on Elliott Bay. It's a great spot for a 2.5 mile run or walk any time of year, and in the summer draws joggers, rollerbladers, volleyball players, beachcombers, sunbathers, bicyclists and strollers out to enjoy the sun.

The widened path accommodates a lot of folks, and there's plenty of parking along Alki Ave. SW. There are picnic tables, a bathhouse housing an art studio, and a restroom at the south (Alki Point) end of the beach, and there you'll find the monument to the arrival of the first white settlers on November 13, 1851.

Burke-Gilman Trail

Distance: 27 Miles

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The trail begins at 11th Avenue NW in Ballard and follows along the Lake Washington Ship Canal and north along Lake Washington. Currently the trail runs along the Fremont Cut, Lake Union (an old freight depot remains visible at the foot of Stone Way), and through the University of Washington campus. After passing the University Village shopping center, the trail heads up through northeast neighborhoods, alongside the Hawthorne Hills, Laurelhurst and Windermere neighborhoods; through the Sand Point neighborhood, passing Magnuson Park, then alongside Lake Washington from just before the Matthews Beach and Cedar Park neighborhoods of the former Lake City, continuing on through Lake Forest Park and Kenmore to Bothell. The trail throughout is nearly level with few large intersection crossings — it is a former railroad right-of-way.

Green Lake

Distance: 2.8 miles (inner), 3.1 miles (outer)

Directions: Green Lake

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Green Lake is a freshwater lake in North Central Seattle, located between I-5 to the east and Woodland park to the west. The main attraction for runners and walkers is the paths around the lake. It has a paved 2.8 mile loop around the lake & a 3.2 gravel loop on the outside of the park. The inside loop can get very congested during peak weather and times.

Lake Union

Distance: 6.2 Miles

Directions: Lake Union

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Lake Union is located just north of downtown and is easily accessible from any side. There is a sidewalk or greenway all the way around it. It is slightly hilly, mostly on Eastlake Ave. Gas Works Park can easily be accessed from this loop. Gas Works Park is the largest park on Lake Union and the most popular for Seattleites and visitors.

Lake Washington Blvd

Distance: 5 Miles

Directions: Lake Washington Blvd

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The trail that wraps around the southwest side of lake Washington is a very relaxing and gorgeous run. The trail starts in Madrona Park to the north and Seward Park to the south. Along the way, one runs through multiple parks including: Leschi park, Lake Washington Blvd park, Sayres Memorial park. On clear days, when running south, one can see the vastness of Mt. Rainer erupting into the sky. It is a very flat run and is very popular year round.

Bellevue High Track
Directions: Bellevue High Track

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Bellevue track is located on the east side of Lake Washington and is most well known for it's blue surface. If you are lucky, one might be able to see or meet John Hill, the All-American turned high school coach for Bellevue High.

Lower Woodland Track
Directions: Lower Woodland Park Track

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Being connected to Green Lake, this track is very easily accessible. It is on the south side of the lake. The infield has very recently been remade and turf has been added. It is very nice to run on, especially if one wants to run barefoot on it. The surface of the track is a red cinder/peagravel.

Montlake Track
Directions: Montlake Track

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Secluded from most traffic and pedestrians, the Montlake track in the Montlake playground is a gem to run on. It is unique in many ways. While it might not be the fastest track to run on, it does have peagravel instead of mondo rubber, it isn't completely flat since it was originally built on a 20-foot deep peat bog, and there is hardly a soul using it. If you want to run on a track a little out of the ordinary, this is the track for you.

Roosevelt High Track
Directions: Rosevelt Track

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Being a high school track, the students take priority over any outside recreational activity on the turf infield or the track. Saying that, it is still a great track to run on in an urban area. It is open all day and is just north of the University District. It only has 4 lanes, but that usually isn't a problem. Note: Club Northwest has weekly workouts every Wednesday evenings. Plan accordingly.


Distance: ~10 Miles on all connecting trails

Directions: Arboretum

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The Arboretum is a hidden gem on the shores of Lake Washington. Jointly managed by UW and the City of Seattle, its 230 acres are a dynamic assortment of plants found nowhere else. The City owns the land and the University owns all of the trees and plant collections. The arboretum also includes a playfield and the Seattle Japanese Garden in its southwest corner.

Discovery Park

Distance: 11.81 Miles of Trails

Directions: Discovery Park

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Discovery Park is a 534 acre natural area park operated by the Seattle Parks and Recreation. It is the largest city park in Seattle, and occupies most of the former Fort Lawton site.


The site is one of breathtaking majesty. Situated on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound, Discovery Park offers spectacular view of both the Cascade and the Olympic Mountain ranges. The secluded site includes two miles of protected tidal beaches as well as open meadow lands, dramatic sea cliffs, forest groves, active sand dunes, thickets and streams.

Seward Park

Distance: 2.4 Mile Main Loop with Connecting Trails Throughout

Directions:Seward Park

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Within the Seattle city limits, Seward park boasts 300 acres of beautiful forest land - home to eagles' nests, old growth forest, a 2.4 mile bike and walking path, an amphitheater, a native plant garden, an art studio, miles of hiking trails, and more. Seward Park features numerous small beaches, the largest one on its southwest side, as well as a playground and an arts center. The 300 acres of Seward Park have about a 120 acre surviving remnant of old growth forest, providing a glimpse of what some of the lake shore looked like before the city of Seattle.