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Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area
47.5200, -122.3697 Map & Directions
Length
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
578 feet
Highest Point
306 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate
Hike-a-Thoners at Dragonfly Pavilion. Photo by helihu. Full-size image
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

This West Seattle urban hike features a peat bog, public art, a salmon stream that runs through front yards, and a shopping center parking lot. Continue reading

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Hiking Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail

This urban hike features a peat bog, public art, a salmon stream that runs through front yards, and a shopping center parking lot.

Just south of the playground are the creek headwaters in a peat bog and the start of the trail. Start looking for the way-finding markers. There are two kinds: squat square brown posts with directional markers and tall metal flags with abstracted plant prints (lupine, fern, horsetail).


They'll lead you across Barton Avenue and through Westwood Village, then past the Southwest Community Center and Chief Sealth High School. Dodge east to begin hiking on dirt again and discover a mosaic of trail, sidewalk, and street. Here you'll encounter the creek again. Keep your eyes out for the markers -- they're easy to miss if you're distracted by the sights.

Pop out on Delridge for a few loud, busy blocks, then duck back into the shady, quiet creek trail. Notice how the creek has been integrated into the city's infrastructure and into the landscaping of yards it runs through. You'll get a chance here to head uphill to High Point or into Camp Long. Keep going to follow the creek.

The trail ends at Dragonfly Pavilion after crossing the elegant Salmon Bone Bridge. Climb a few blocks up to Avalon to catch the C Line back to Westwood Village and your car.

You can also retrace your steps to go back to Roxhill or make a loop through High Point and other West Seattle neighborhoods.

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Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5200, -122.3697 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

You can start this hike at either end. The upstream end is at Roxhill Park, on the north side of Roxbury Street. 28th Street intersects Roxhill across the street. The address is 2850 SW Roxbury St, Seattle, WA 98126.

take transit

This trailhead is accessible by bus! Plan your visit by bus using TOTAGO, or consult the schedule for King County Metro RapidRide C Line.

The Rapid Ride C line runs within a few blocks' walk of both trailheads.

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Trailhead

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

City of Seattle

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