Checked 1/9/2018. In May 2009, a black bear was spotted at least passing through the park, if not actually residing there. Whether you want to hike, enjoy a picnic or spend some time relaxing on a beach, this park has got you covered. You can explore this trail a different time. There are three parking lots: The south lot is accessed via W Emerson St., the east lot is accessed via W Government Way, and the north lot is accessed via W Commodore Way or W Government Way if you continue on past the east lot. Then I got a map. Cross Illinois Avenue with caution. The coastal views on these hikes were stunning! MODERATE 5.4 mi. The popular South Beach Trail in Discovery Park is showing signs of degradation and overgrowth after years of use. With interactive fountains in the summer, a vibrant ice trail in the winter, and performances and events throughout the year, the new 1.5 acre park promises to be a … You can explore this trail a different time. Soon the trail forks. Discovery Park South Loop to the Beach, originally uploaded by CoriK.. 413 reviews of Discovery Park "Yet another urban oasis, and yeah, I got lost. Elevation Gain: 400 feet. You can check it out if you like. The South Beach Trail is one of the most iconic hiking trails in Seattle. Discovery Park . 5. The owls generally are not active during the day, and if seen at all they will be dozing part way up a tree. For the most part they were all overexposed and spotty. Only a single shot was fired and that was by a civilian. Here, the Hidden Valley Trail heads off to the left and provides another route to the beach. These combined trails lead down to a beach and come back up a different way. Hike Length 4 miles including South Beach, 5 Miles with Ballard Locks side trip. For the next quarter mile the trail heads generally south, eventually leveling out and bending around to the west. A popular trail leads to South Beach, where an old lighthouse adds to the scenery. An AMAZING hike, 3 miles total out and back with views to die for!! The Discovery Park Loop Trail is a designated National Recreation Trail, 2.8 miles long with an elevation change of just 140 feet. Copyright © 2020   Friends of Discovery Park, All Right Reserved. The Capehart Forest restoration project represents one of the largest and most exciting additions to Discovery Parks open space in recent memory. When you hike the Loop Trail bring your camera and be alert for surprises. 11.8 miles of trails including the Loop Trail. Join the Discovery Park Advisory Council. To the north of the meadow, a large radar dome is visible. But their flight paths sometimes are visible from the Loop Trail so as you cross the meadow, be alert for eagle sightings.The trail continues near the southern edge of the meadow where a short side trail leads left to a restroom facility. So you never know. Cross a paved road--one of many dating from the military era, now used only by park vehicles. Brennan Associates for a public meeting on Wednesday, March 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center to learn about alternative design options for the South Beach Trail-connecting the Loop Trail to West Point and South Beach at Discovery Park. 47th Avenue West Street End Loop via North Beach Trail. Brennan Associates I also did the north and south beach trails; they were of moderate difficulty, with some sections of stairs, etc. I also did the north and south beach trails; they were of moderate difficulty, with some sections of stairs, etc. Discovery Park is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Seattle, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The coastal views on these hikes were stunning! The trail was well-groomed and not difficult; I was able to maintain a fairly quick pace. Starting at the Discovery Park Visitors Center and going down to the Lighthouse, so beautiful!! Join the Friends of Discovery Park and J.A. The park is located at 3801 Discovery Park Blvd. It is the largest city park in Seattle, and occupies most of the former Fort Lawton site. Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center via Loop Trail. 2. By jkshaheen on ... the lighthouse point and were able to walk a little further out and there was a spot where the waves from the North and South … It is 2.8 miles, flat and easy but moderately undulating. Cross over the Loop Trail, and continue uphill on the paved park road. But within a few years those weapons were obsolete. Pass two side trails, both signed for the Hidden Valley Trail that heads back to the South Beach. It is now a favorite spot of mine. From the signboard, head north on the trail, first going down a few steps, then hiking gently uphill for 100 yards to reach the Loop Trail. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. With its security fencing, no-trespassing signs, and very central location, it represented a significant detraction from the Park as a place to enjoy the out of doors. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until December. Hike Difficulty: Easy. Then I gave up and wandered and it was a Zen thing and eventually wound up on the beach. In early 2008, a coyote was a park resident for several weeks. Discovery Park and Lighthouse Loop 4.0 mi 6.5 km • 406' Up 123.68 m Up • 405' Down 123.39 m Down. On May 16, 1898, the North Head Lighthouse was put into service as the primary navigation aid at the mouth of the Columbia River. Hikers come down the North Beach Trail earlier this year at Discovery Park. West Point Lighthouse was established in 1881 and can be viewed from the South Beach Trail in the park. This sculpture commemorates a journal entry by William Clark, of Lewis and Clark, about a “buzzard of a large kind”.This is just the start of the 8.5-mile long hiking and biking trail named after the Corps of Discovery. But take note: the bluff here is unstable and slides do occur, so it's best not to approach the edge too closely.As you leave the viewpoint, a side trail heads off to the left and leads a half-mile down to South Beach and the West Point Lighthouse. Also, it was hoped in some quarters that the army might be enlisted to help in the event of civil unrest. The North lot provides the closest beach access. It offers visitors the experience of exploring an established coastal forest above an eroding feeder bluff with views through the trees to the lighthouse, the Sound and to the Olympics beyond. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The views along the trail improve with every step, with the Olympic Mountains visible in the distance across Puget Sound. Brennan Associates for a public meeting on Wednesday, March 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center to learn about alternative design options for the South Beach Trail-connecting the Loop Trail to West Point and South Beach at Discovery Park. It had been less than 40 years since US and British forces almost clashed over a disputed border in the San Juan Islands. Trail maps can also be downloaded: see the Maps and Guidebooks section of this entry for the link. Whether you want to hike, enjoy a picnic or spend some time relaxing on a beach, this park has got you covered. Brennan Associates conducts the first South Beach Trail public meeting on March 6, 2019. Since this is a loop hike, they could be considered as alternative starting points. The project consists of the schematic design of South Beach Trail from the Loop Trail to the point where the South Beach Trail connects with Discovery Park Boulevard and then down to West Point and South Beach. Pass two side trails, both signed for the Hidden Valley Trail that heads back to the South Beach. Though there was considerable rivalry between Seattle and Tacoma to see which city would host the army base, Seattle won. But they persisted, and soon a lion was tracked, treed, tranquilized and transported, we hope to a happier habitat. ; you see the beach from both above and on the water. The park provides an open space away from the stress and activity of the city, a sanctuary for wildlife, and an outdoor classroom for people to learn about the natural world. Winding itself gently through light forest canopy while providing breathtaking vistas of the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, and Mount Rainer. The wetlands on the north beach are another unique place to visit in Discovery Park. Continue on the Loop Trail, now heading north. North Beach Loop. Appropriately, a portable toilet generally sits beside the Loop Trail just before you come to the road crossing. The popular South Beach Trail in Discovery Park is showing signs of degradation and overgrowth after years of use. Unless you have a fondness for hiking next to fences, take the left fork.Come to Discovery Park Boulevard, a road that provides access to the West Point Sewage Treatment Plant. This project seeks to update, renovate and redesign the trail to … Brennan Associates conducts the first South Beach Trail public meeting on March 6, 2019. Location: Located north of Seattle in Discovery Park. Later, Fort Lawton was proposed as a launch site for inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBMs,) but that plan never materialized. Trail and facility map of Discovery Park. It is an attraction park with several components, ranging from first in Malaysia attractions to adrenaline pumping activities. Discovery Park- Loop and Beach Trail. Plan your visit by bus using TOTAGO, or consult the schedules for King County Metro route numbers 24, 31, and 33. The Whitsundays is the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and the tropical paradise of Discovery Parks - Airlie Beach is the heart of camping in the region. Signage for the main loop trail is clear, but the beach trail and other side trails can be a bit confusing (luckily, you can only get so lost in a city park). In 2005, a large maple tree in the park was struck by lightning and literally exploded. The Seattle Audubon Society lists 270 species sometimes seen in the park, or just offshore.While birds are abundant here, you may not have seen any wild critters larger than a squirrel. During the Korean War of 1950-53, the Fort enjoyed another bustle of activity.In the 1950s, Nike anti-aircraft missile batteries were installed at Fort Lawton, and elsewhere in the Puget Sound area. In Discovery Park, the loop trail is a three mile round-trip. Cross the road, continue following the trail next to the road, then head down through a forested area to reach the much smaller North Meadow. Then I gave up and wandered and it was a Zen thing and eventually wound up on the beach. At the gateway to some of South Australia’s most spectacular destinations - the Flinders Ranges, outback and Spencer Gulf - is Port Augusta, just over 300 kilometres from Adelaide. Virtual Tour of South Beach Trail. For a map of the park’s trail and road system, stop by the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center near the Government Way entrance. This took me onto a long semi sandy, semi stony beach, with driftwood trees. Seattle, WA 98104. You can hike the Loop in either direction, although many think views are better if you begin by going left here. RECOMMENDED ROUTE Cross Island Trail 4.9 mi 7.8 km • 469' Up 142.87 m Up • 430' Down 130.93 m Down. After you cross the railroad tracks, turn right onto Gilman Ave W. In a few blocks Gilman changes names and becomes W Government Way. Entry is free, and official hours are daily 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. There are three parking lots: The south lot is accessed via W Emerson St., the east lot is accessed via W Government Way, and the north lot is accessed via W Commodore Way or W Government Way if you continue on past the east lot. Check out our attractions & facilities in Discovery Park. This trailhead is accessible by bus! This District is one of the most iconic places in the Park with wide open spaces and unparalleled views. Eventually, when the road levels out, come to Discovery Park Boulevard, about a quarter mile east of where you crossed it earlier. The trail was well-groomed and not difficult; I was able to maintain a fairly quick pace. For more details, see the Driving Directions. Brennan Associates conducts the first South Beach Trail public meeting on March 6, 2019. Since the early 60’s the 30-acre site has been filled with over 60 prefabricated military homes and owned by the Navy. Here a visitor can sit and watch birds, look for signs of beaver or river otter or enjoy the quiet and the colors. Discovery Park is open 4 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sometimes hikers or joggers are buzzed by an owl, or may even be rapped on the scalp by a talon. ... EASY 4.2 mi. Hike Length 4 miles including South Beach, 5 Miles with Ballard Locks side trip. Then return to the Loop Trail, drop a bit, cross a park road and approach the meadow.In winter, you may be lucky to see a rare arctic snowy owl near this end of the meadow. From 15th Ave W, just south of the Ballard Bridge, head west on W Emerson Place. In 1973, much of Fort Lawton was returned to the city of Seattle to become Discovery Park, although the Army Reserve did maintain a presence there until 2012. This took me onto a long semi sandy, semi stony beach, with driftwood trees. Learn more here A hardened missile control center that coordinated all the local batteries was located at the Fort. The parking lot and Visitor Center are just a short stroll away. If clouds permit, you may see Mount Rainier in the distance.Hike a short way beneath the trees and come to a headland that offers some of the best views in the park. Hike Difficulty: Easy. Length 1.5 miElevation gain 282 ftRoute type Out & back Located next to Parker’s new library, Discovery Park on Mainstreet and Pine Drive will be a unique destination. Two additional trailheads are mentioned below. The park is located 5 miles northwest of downtown Seattle in the neighborhood of Magnolia. South Beach Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Seattle, Washington that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. Fort Lawton never became the major army post local boosters hoped for. Friends of South Beach Trail at Discovery Park. Finally, the Hidden Valley Trail (HVT) is probably one of the least traveled trails in the park. It's only about 3.5 miles, but you can get a nice workout in. The right fork follows a metal fence and soon reconnects with the Loop Trail. I think I strayed a little off this trail. At the height of the great depression, in 1938, the Army offered to sell Fort Lawton back to Seattle for only one dollar. A sign points right toward a viewpoint near the old chapel that looks out over the South Meadow. Bus schedules may be posted, and can be checked at metro.kingcounty.gov. Farther along, come to Illinois Avenue, where a second trail also heads downhill to the North Parking Lot. 3. With its seven miles of trails on 534 acres, Discovery Park offers the finest in-city hiking in Seattle. From the North Parking Lot, follow the trail parallel to Illinois Avenue uphill a short distance to reach the Loop Trail. While there are numerous trails, the Loop Trail provides an enjoyable and relatively easy 2.8 mile journey through the park.. During the winter, the new Parker Ice Trail at Discovery Park, located next to Parker's new Library on Mainstreet and Pine Drive, is available seven days a week. South Beach Trail maintenance phase “A” work is scheduled to begin October 27th and last through November 18th. The Discovery Trail begins at the Port of Ilwaco where you’ll find a brass sculpture of a California Condor spreading its wings. Fortunately, that 1859 conflict was quickly defused. Winding itself gently through light forest canopy while providing breathtaking vistas of the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, and Mount Rainer. If gas prices give you heartburn and you want to take a hike without going to the … Loop around the north edge of the sand dune and, in summer, note the large stand of fireweed blooming just off the trail.Before you reach the next trees, a bench offers a great view toward the south end of Puget Sound, with parts of Magnolia and West Seattle visible. I also did the north and south beach trails; they were of moderate difficulty, with some sections of stairs, etc. Along the way, a side trail heads downhill to the left to reach the North Parking Lot, another access point for this hike. Discovery Park is the largest park in the city of Seattle—a treasure trove of green spaces, natural shoreline, and paved and rough trails alike. Just beyond 36th Ave W, enter Discovery Park and turn into the second driveway on the left (the first is a one-way exit.) The park is located at 3801 Discovery Park Blvd. The park features 5 multi use fields, basketball courts, sand volleyball pits, 2 ponds which are stocked as part of the community fishing program, a small playground with a fun climbing rock, a network of multi use trails, and 8 … Discovery Park and Lighthouse Loop 4.0 mi 6.5 km • 406' Up 123.68 m Up • 405' Down 123.39 m Down. From I-5 take the Richards Blvd. ; you see the beach from both above and on the water. Please share your feedback by taking the South Beach Trail … But I found my way onto the south beach trail mid way through the loop trail. I'm pretty good with maps, but I still got lost. After the park was declared surplus by the U.S. Department of Defense, several Native American activists staged a non-violent occupation of the area. ; you see the beach from both above and on the water. You can improve or add to this guidebook entry, Washington Trails Association Total trail length: About 12.4 miles. The second one is shown on the trail map as Kansas Avenue.Beyond Kansas Avenue, the Loop Trail winds through two heavily forested canyons. MODERATE 7.4 mi. ... 3801 Discovery Park Blvd. The board has a park map, and often has paper copies of the trail map available for the taking. Discovery Park is located in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood, and is the largest park in the city. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September. Later bloomers are the native salmonberry and thimble berry.Here, and in other forested areas along the Loop Tail, tall trees sometimes fall during wind storms. Discovery Park- Loop and Beach Trail Posted by jkshaheen under Seattle Travel 1 Comment . It is the city's largest public park and contains 11.81 miles (19.01 km) of walking trails. There is parking at the Discovery Park Educational Center. Enjoy whatever you do see. 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