Friday, May 18, 2012

Discovery Park, Seattle

Discovery Park in Seattle is an old military base now open to the public. It sits at the tip of a peninsula overlooking the Puget Sound. The main trail in Discovery Park is the Loop Trail, which is about 3 or 3.5 miles around. The trails in Discovery Park are very well marked; even I could not get lost in there!

The Loop Trail takes you through dense forest near the visitor’s center.

It looks like Twilight could have been filmed in here.

And along the cliffs overlooking the sound.

And through flat, grassy meadows.

[Meadows are not very photogenic.]

I also took a side trip on the beach trail that leads down the cliffs (lots of stairs) to an old light house.

And along the beach. This ain’t no SoCal beach! The beach was very narrow, rocky, and was covered with enormous drift wood trees. Down and back to the lighthouse on the beach trail adds another 1.5 miles.

Route on Runkeeper, about 4.75 miles.

Getting there:  Bus #33 (catch it on 4th from downtown) straight into the park. The visitor’s center is close to the stop at 36th & Government. Bus fare is $2.00-$2.50 depending on the time of the day. You need exact change.


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