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Pets allowed
Yes-restrictions
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Please respect the outdoors and leave no trace. One tip how to dispose of waste properly: Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. For more information, visit https://lnt.org/learn/7-principles

Named after the former mayor of Seattle, Henry Yesler, Yesler Swamp is part of Union Bay Natural Area. The University of Washington and the City of Seattle have worked together to restore, preserve, and maintain this unique ecosystem. This area was historically a dense forested area where the Duwamish Indians lived. Later the region served as a major hub for the lumber business with Yesler mill at its heart.

Over the years, after the fall of the Yesler mill, the area gradually turned into a marsh and swampy area. Thanks to efforts from volunteer groups like Friends of Yesler Swamp together along with the University of Washington and the City of Seattle, the area is a home for various species of birds including eagles and herons, and efforts are being made to preserve this unique ecosystem.

Yesler Swamp Trail as it stands today is a very short, ADA-complaint trail that zigzags through the swampy and marshy land and offers views of Lake Union with the SR 520 bridge on the horizon. Boardwalks have been put together to keep human impact to these wetlands to a minimum while providing a great learning experience for everyone. The trail adjoins the Wahkiakum Lane Trail. To learn more about the history of this area, check the Yesler Swamp website.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Amazing learning experience. Old-growth forest. Great for bird watching.

Cons

Parking can be tough to find.

Address

NE 41st St
3501
Seattle, WA 98105
United States

Features

Historically significant
Bird watching
Wildlife
Big vistas
Old-growth forest
Wildflowers
ADA accessible
Geologically significant

Location

Field Guide

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