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Chief Sealth Trail

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area
47.5125, -122.2653 Map & Directions
4.3 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
800 feet
Highest Point
330 feet
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Blooms along the paved Chief Sealth Trail. Photo by Jeff Bottman. Full-size image
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids

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This urban gem features four and a half miles of paved trail connecting Jefferson Park with the Kubota Gardens end with expansive views all along the way. Continue reading

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Hiking Chief Sealth Trail

The Chief Sealth Trail is an urban gem! Four and a half miles of paved trail connect Jefferson Park with the Kubota Gardens and with expansive views all along the way.

Opened in 2007, this trail connects the Beacon Hill neighborhood with the Rainier Beach area using the greenbelt under large powerlines. Along the way one passes by several large (and very productive) P-Patch gardens and as the trail meanders up and down the ridgeline hills, one has views of the Cascades, the Olympics, Mount Rainier, and Lake Washington.

There are very brief sections where the route takes one onto sidewalks, but mostly it's a lovely open greenbelt. It is very well-signed. Share the trail with bicyclists -- this is a popular route for two-wheeled recreationists, too. 

Chief Sealth Trail

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.5125, -122.2653 Open in Google Maps

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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

take transit

This trail connects Jefferson Park with the Kubota Gardens, both of which are accessible by bus! Planning your visit by bus using TOTAGO will take you to the Kubota Gardens.

King Country Metro route number 106 has a bus stop east of the Kubota Gardens, on Renton Ave S. and 55th Ave S. If you are coming from the south, get off at Renton Ave. S. and S. Norfolk St.

King County Metro route number 36 has a bus stop northeast of Jefferson Park on Beacon Ave S. and S. Spokane St.

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Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

City of Seattle

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Urban Trails: Seattle (Craig Romano - Mountaineers Books)

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