Looking to make a day of it? Finding a new or the right trail for you can make all the difference. Get out for a run and find yourself refreshed and energised. We've done some research for you and have found some really nice trails for you to run and explore.
Capitol Hill is a densely populated, vibrant neighborhood that is home to fun commercial areas and high-end homes. One can put together an enjoyable neighborhood run. Nearly all of the streets have good sidewalks. And this is a great place to do some hills! It’s about 1 mile between Volunteer Park and Cal Anderson Park. Running highlights in the neighborhood:
The Burke-Gilman Trail is a flat (think tempo runs) 27-mile long urban pedestrian and bicycling trail that connects many parts of Northern Seattle. It starts at Golden Gardens Park in northwest Seattle and continues to Redmond in northeast Seattle. This trail has numerous dirt paths that follow along the asphalt trail. The trail runs from Puget Sound past Lake Union and alongside Lake Washington. The segment from the city’s eccentric Fremont neighborhood to the University District takes you eastward along the shores of Lake Union, past Gas Works Park, and is a favorite among locals. The views are spectacular on this trail, as most of it hugs the shoreline and you have the opportunity to run through many neighborhoods. Brooks Running headquarters in Fremont is also along Lake Union and may just give you that extra inspiration on your run. We’ve mapped two sections closer to downtown. You can also start at the eastern terminus in Redmond.
Lake Union is located 2–3 miles from downtown, and close to the Capitol Hill area. The loop around this lake is almost a perfect 10K (6.2 miles) and thus the Lake Union 10K race is held here annually. The city of Seattle is divided by this heart shaped lake and has stunning views of not only the city skyline, but additionally the Olympic Mountains (to the west) and Mount Rainer (to the southeast). The Queen Anne neighborhood is just to the west and the University of Washington is to the east.
About 6 miles north of downtown, Green Lake is one of the most popular destinations for urban running in the Seattle area and is also one of Seattle’s most beloved parks, drawing thousands of people daily. It’s also the site of dozens of local races. The park has a 2.8 mile inner loop, which is much more crowded than the 3.1 mile outer loop, which tends to be the road less traveled. There are separate crushed granite paths for runners and paved paths for wheeled users.
The main waterfront trail route along Puget Sound in Seattle is the Elliott Bay Trail, a scattered collection of trail segments that run from Century Link Field in the south to Smith Cove in Magnolia to the north — about 7 miles in total. There are various running options here. The nicest section is 1.5 miles one-way from Olympic Sculpture Park north past the Seattle Center, home to the Space Needle, on through Myrtle Edwards Park. The Myrtle Edwards Park portion has particularly nice scenery and includes a paved trail, limited street crossings and a flat run. It is also possible to continue along the trail, which is scattered in segments, about 3 miles to Smith Cove in Magnolia. Alternatively, the trail continues south to CenturyLink Field.
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