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Alki Trail

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area
47.5821, -122.3712 Map & Directions
Length
4.4 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
0 feet
Highest Point
20 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
The Seattle skyline from the Alki Trail. Photo by Joe Erickson. Full-size image
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

A paved urban trail along the Alki beaches and West Seattle industrial area with spectacular mountain, city and Elliott Bay marine views. Continue reading

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Hiking Alki Trail

The Alki Trail is a traditional urban paved trail running from the Alki beaches on the west around Duwamish Head, down through the West Seattle industrial area ending just shy of the Duwamish Waterway and Harbor Island. 

The trail runs past the original, now-burned Luna Park dock just off Duwamish head, the Seattle Statue of Liberty plaza, and provide beautiful views of Puget Sound, the Olympic mountains and Elliot Bay into downtown Seattle.  There is passenger ferry access to downtown from the Seacrest Park Ferry Dock.

The area has tremendous local history with the city founder's first camp on Sept 25th, 1851 along the west shore of Alki point. The remainder of the Denny party came on the Schooner Exact on Nov 13th to find a half built cabin and endless rain.

Some accounts have Seattle's namesake, Chief Sealth, walking right up the beach to meet the wet and exhausted settlers - what a sight that must have been.

Other Useful Info: Restrooms are available in season at Jack Block Park, Don Armeni Boat Ramp and Alki Beach.  Don't miss additional views from Jack Block and Joe Block parks at the location of an old rail barge transfer dock just east of the Salty's on Alki restaurant.  

There are reasonably easy connections to the Duwamish Trail and West Seattle Bridge Trail on the east end and the Schmitz Preserve Park trails on the west end. 

Hike Description Written by
Erik Morgenstern, WTA Correspondent

Alki Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5821, -122.3712 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

driving directions

Take the West Seattle/Spokane St. Viaduct exit from either north or south bound I-5 in Seattle. Continue west and take the Harbor Ave/Avalon Way exit off the West Seattle Freeway after crossing the big West Seattle bridge. Turn right (north) onto Harbor Ave SW and continue north, past the entrance to Jack and Joe Block parks and Duwamish Head where it will turn into Alki Ave SW and take you past Alki Beach proper. Plentiful parking is available along Alki Ave SW or at Jack Block park.

take transit

This trailhead is accessible by bus! Plan your visit by bus using TOTAGO, or consult the schedules for King County Metro route number route number 128 or route number 773.

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Trailhead

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

Seattle Department of Transportation

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