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Alki Trail

Seacrest Park to Alki Beach

Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, Washington

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  • Alki Trail at Seacrest Park.- Alki Trail
  • Seacrest Park along the Alki Trail.- Alki Trail
  • Seacrest Park along the Alki Trail.- Alki Trail
  • Alki Trail at West Seattle's Duwamish Head.- Alki Trail
  • Alki Trail at West Seattle's Duwamish Head.- Alki Trail
  • View of Seattle from Duwamish Head along the Alki Trail.- Alki Trail
  • Alki Trail near Alki Beach.- Alki Trail
  • Alki Trail near Alki Beach.- Alki Trail
  • Alki Trail looking toward Alki Beach.- Alki Trail
  • View of Alki Beach from Duwamish Head.- Alki Trail
  • View of the Alki Trail with Seattle's Queen Ann neighborhood in the distance.- Alki Trail
  • West Seattle's Alki Trail.- Alki Trail
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Pros: 
Dramatic views of Seattle, Puget Sound, and the Olympic Mountains.
Cons: 
Very heavily used trail.
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Region:
Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
10.00 ft (3.05 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
3.80 mi (6.12 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
10.00 ft (3.05 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Wrapping around West Seattle's Duwamish Head, the Alki Multi-Use Trail boasts some of the best views in the Emerald City. On the east side from Seacrest Park, views expand east across Elliott Bay toward the Seattle skyline and the Cascade Range and north toward Queen Anne and Magnolia. On the western stretch, views extend across the Puget Sound to the always stunning Olympic Mountains.

Along the entire 1.9-mile stretch from Seacrest Park to Alki Beach, this broad, multi-purpose paved pathway provides opportunities to stop, rest on one of many park benches, and soak up the best of what Seattle has to offer. In total, the Alki Multi-Use Trail is 4 miles long, starting in the southeast under the West Seattle Bridge adjacent to the Nucor Steel plant, turning around Duwamish Point, and making its way southwest to Alki Point.

The Alki Point Lighthouse stands at the end of the trail, a 37-foot tall mariners navigation beacon built in 1913 that is still in use today. Because it is still operated and managed by the U.S. Coast Guard, the lighthouse is only open to the public on weekends from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. during the summer months.

Duwamish Head and Luna Park

Not only is the Alki Peninsula the site of the first European settlers, Duwamish Head is the site of what was up until 1931 an amusement park called Luna Park. According to the City:  

Chas. Looff built an elaborate amusement park on pilings at Duwamish Head (you can still see the pilings at low tide!), and called it Luna Park after its Coney Island, NY namesake. The park, completed in 1907, included the "Powers Natatorium and Bathhouse" with several heated saltwater pools, a huge German carousel, a Ferris wheel, a roller coaster, a restaurant, and a boat chute into a "tub" of water.

Its demise came when a fire burned down the park.

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