Are you a beginner hiker looking for the best  EASY TRAILS  in Seattle? We have done the research for you and searched through multiple rated websites in term of reviews, activities access and trails quality to identify the best easy hikes in Seattle that the local hiking community is raving about. Here is a list of the best 10 easy hiking trails for you to practice in no particular order.

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    Discovery Park and Lighthouse Loop Trail

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Discovery Park is the largest public park in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood, it is 11.81 miles of walking, jogging, and hiking trails. The park offers a number of activities and extensive views vary between the forest and the beach. If you enjoy walking on the beach, we recommended to you the lighthouse loop located at the end of the beach, you only have to follow the trail it is a beautiful spot where you can enjoy Seattle’s sunsets.

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    Distance:
    4.4 miles

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    Elevation Gain:
    472 feet

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    Loop

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    Dogs on leash

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    Green Lake Loop Trail In Green Lake Park

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Green lake park is one of the most active parks in Seattle served as a nature preserve for hundreds of species of trees and planets as well as birds and waterfowl Beautiful views from all around the lake, with a nicely paved path. Green Lake Trail is a 2.8-mile nicely paved path, offers a number of activity options and is available year-round. provides a perfect recreational area for runners, bikes, walkers, hikers, children, pets, and the disabled.

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    Distance:
    2.8 miles

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    Elevation Gain:
    29 feet

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    Loop

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    Dogs on leash

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    Seward Park Perimeter Loop

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Seward Park is a public open space of beautiful forest land that covers 300 acres located in southeast Seattle, the park takes all of Bailey Peninsula, the forest landform surrounded by water. Seward Park Perimeter loop is 2.6 miles, offers a number of activities and spaces that provide biking and walking loop, an amphitheater, a native plant garden, an art studio, sheltered picnic areas, slightly more challenging and easy hiking trails, a swimming beach, and more.

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    Distance:
    4.4 miles

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    Elevation Gain:
    472 feet

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    Route Type:
    Loop

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    Dogs on leash

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    The Washington Park Arboretum

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The Washington Park Arboretum is 230-acre miles that offer a number of activities for all skill levels. The park includes playfield, Pacific Connections Gardens that contains a variety plant from 5 different counties, and one of the oldest Japanese gardens in the north of America, with cherry orchard, water features, and teahouse.

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    Distance:
    3.5 miles

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    Elevation Gain:
    203 feet

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    Route Type:
    Loop

  • Parking Pass:
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    Dogs on leash

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    Burke-Gilman Trail

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Starting from Ballard Bridge and ending in Bothell where it intersects the Sammamish River, Burke-Gilman Trail is an 18.3-acre mile moderately trafficked point to point trail, taking you through a number of parks feature the lake that offers you a different type of activity options like biking, walking, jogging, hiking, and swimming.

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    Distance:
    18.3 miles

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    Elevation Gain:
    393 feet

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    Route Type:
    Point to Point

  • Parking Pass:
    None

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    Dogs on leash

  • Good for kids

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    Lincoln Park

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Lincoln Park offers 5 miles of trails, including a loop hike with beachfront views of Puget Sound, Vashon Island, and the Olympic Mountains. The park includes 4.6 miles of walking paths, 3.9 miles of bike trails, five picnic shelters, acres of playfields, and an outdoor heated saltwater pool and bathhouse.
Lincoln Park Trail is 2.3 miles moderately trafficked loop trail, that offers the chance to see wildlife and practice in a number of activity. The trail is accessible year-round.

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    Distance:
    2.3 miles

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    Elevation Gain:
    196 feet

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    Route Type:
    Loop

  • Parking Pass:
    None

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    Dogs on leash

  • Good for kids

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    Des Moines Creek Trail

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Des Moines Creek Trail is 3.9 miles out and back trail located in Des Moines, Washington, the trail is a nice linkage between the south side of Seattle and the waterfront of Des Moines on Puget Sound. It is a nice connection between the south side of Seattle and the waterfront community of Des Moines on Puget Sound.
The Des Moines Creek Trail offers too much fun activities and spaces such as seats, picnic tables, and drinking fountains, as well as a network of mountain biking and hiking trails to explore.

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    Distance:
    3.9 miles

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    Elevation Gain:
    239 feet

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    Route Type:
    Out & Back

  • Parking Pass:
    None

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    Dogs on leash

  • Good for kids

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    Normandy Beach Trail

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Marine View Park, contains 27.37 acres of heavily wooded bluffs and ravines, it is located between Marine View Drive and Puget Sound, south of 208th Street. The beach is a combination of gravel and sand with a very gentle slope.
Normandy Beach Trail is the most popular trail in Marine View Park, it is 1.1 miles loop trail features beautiful wildflowers, beach, and plants.

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    Distance:
    1.1 miles

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    Elevation Gain:
    252 feet

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    Route Type:
    Out & Back

  • Parking Pass:
    None

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    Dogs on leash

  • Good for kids

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    Carkeek Park Salmon

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Carkeek Park is a 216 acres park located in the Broadview neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. The park contains Piper Orchard, Pipers Creek, play and picnic areas, picnic shelters, and hiking trails.
Carkeek Park Salmon is 1.9 miles trail that offers a beautiful wildlife and sea views, the trail also offers a number of activities for all skill levels.

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    Distance:
    1.9 miles

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    Elevation Gain:
    367 feet

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    Route Type:
    Out & Back

  • Parking Pass:
    None

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    Dogs on leash

  • Good for kids

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    Alki Trail in Alkin Beach Park

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Alki Trail is a 7.6 miles heavily trafficked out and back trail, that features a river and offers a number of water and wildlife activities for all skill levels. The trail runs past through Luna Park dock just off Duwamish head, the Seattle Statue of Liberty Plaza, and supply beautiful views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, and Elliot Bay into downtown Seattle.

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    Distance:
    7.6 miles

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    Elevation Gain:
    95 feet

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    Route Type:
    Out & Back

  • Parking Pass:
    None

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    Dogs on leash

  • Good for kids

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