Hiking with dogs in Seattle is a popular activity for locals and visiting outdoor enthusiasts. With so many beautiful parks, lakes, mountains and beaches, the city of Seattle is a mecca for those who like to put on the boots and head for the trails with their four-legged friends. Here’s a list of the four best places for hiking with dogs in Seattle with more listings on our Seattle Travel Guide.
Discovery Park is a 534-acre park located on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound. In addition to panoramic views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges, there are several hiking paths that wind around tidal beaches, open meadow lands, thickets, streams and dramatic sea cliffs. There are more than seven miles of hiking trails in the park, and the most popular is the 2.8-mile Loop Trail Path. This scenic trail leads through sand dunes, meadows and forests. Dogs are allowed on the all the trails except the beach trails, and dogs are required to be leashed at all times in the park. Parking costs are approximately $3.
Golden Gardens Park
Located in Ballard on Puget Sound, hiking paths offer beautiful vistas of the sound and the majestic Olympic Mountains. There are eight hiking trails with short loops that intertwine and total 3.2 miles and dogs must be leashed. Trailheads are well-marked throughout the park and provide for leisurely strolls along the rugged coastline and hikes through the forest trails. The park is also home to an off-leash area for dogs in the upper northern area of the park. The off-leash area is a popular destination for dogs, and the area is covered with wood chips for running and playing. Trees are scattered throughout with benches and tables for resting. Parking costs are approximately $3.
Seward Park boasts of over 300 acres of gorgeous forest land and is home to many eagles’ nests. Featuring native flora and fauna, it has over five miles of interconnecting hiking paths along the shoreline and through the forests. Trailheads are marked one through 10, and paths are wide. Dogs are allowed, however, they must be leashed at all times. Parking is free.
Dr. Jose Rizal Park
This park offers spectacular views of the Seattle downtown skyline looking north and Puget Sound looking west. With over five miles of hiking trails and an off-leash dog park with water facilities, it is a popular park for pet owners. Trails are well-marked, and dogs must be leashed. Parking fees are $3.
Hiking with dogs in Seattle is a great outdoor adventure. However, if you simply feel like visiting a dog park, please make sure to see our listings. There are plenty. Wherever you go, keep the activity comfortable and fun for your dog, and make sure to be prepared with a leash and harness, portable water bowls for hydration, a bag of healthy food, treats for good behavior and poop bags for easy clean up. Have a pawfectly great hike!
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