Washington July 25, 2016
These 10 Gorgeous Waterfront Trails In Washington Are Perfect For A Summer Day
Sure, you can go workout at a gym or take a fitness class. But on a warm summer day, nothing beats walking a trail… except maybe walking on a beautiful waterfront trail. Lace up your sneakers and go on a waterside walk.
1. Blackbird Island, Waterfront Park, Leavenworth
Leavenworth’s Waterfront Park is located right off of Commercial Street. Cross the Blackbird Island Bridge to Blackbird Island and you’ll be able to take a long, quiet walk by the water.
2. Langus Waterfront Trail, Smith Island
You’ll find the Langus Waterfront Trail on Smith Island, which is just a few minutes away from downtown Everett. Beginning hikers and seasoned professionals alike love this beautiful trail, and it’s also wheelchair accessible.
3. Arboretum Waterfront Trail, Lake Washington, Seattle
Washington Park Arboretum is one of the most beautiful places in Seattle. The half mile waterfront trail will lead you over the largest remaining wetland in the area.
4. The Medical Lake Trail
Eastern Washington’s Medical Lake has several beautiful parks along the shoreline. The three-mile lake trail encircles Medical Lake and is the perfect spot for a walk, a bike ride or a run.
5. Riverfront Trail, Castle Rock
To explore Castle Rock’s scenic Riverfront Trail, head to Lion’s Pride Park and look for the signs. The trail takes you over the eastern side of the river, over a bridge and past a fishing and viewing platform.
6. Greenwater Lakes Trail, Mount Rainier
The majestic Mount Rainier is full of gorgeous hiking trails. The Greenwater Lakes Trail is four miles round-trip, scenic and very family friendly.
7. Port of Everett Waterfront Trails, Everett
The Port of Everett area offers several scenic waterfront trails. The largest, called “The W,” is a four-mile path located between 10th and 18th streets along West Marine View Drive.
8. Waterfront Renaissance Trail, Vancouver
The Waterfront Renaissance Trail is a five-mile paved path connecting Esther Short Park and Wintler Park in Vancouver that shows off stunning views of Mount Hood.
9. Alki Beach Trail, West Seattle
To see some of the most gorgeous views of the Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline, take the 2.5-mile Alki Beach Trail from the West Seattle Bridge to the Point Lighthouse.
10. Riverside State Park, Little Spokane River
To access the gentle trail along the Spokane River, take W Indian Trail Road north from Spokane for 5 miles and continue onto Rural Route 5. The road will cross the river, and you’ll find the trailhead on your left. You’ll see the Little Spokane Natural Area, scenic river views, and possibly some wildlife.
There’s really no better way to exercise than walking or jogging in the great outdoors. These hiking trails are all
under five miles long.