Bloedel Reserve Courtesy Keith Brofsky/Bloedel Reserve

Hit the Trail

Bloedel Reserve Courtesy Keith Brofsky/Bloedel Reserve

Whether you have a thirst for high altitude or prefer to meander on flat ground, the Seattle area has a trail for you.

Urban Exploration

Circumnavigate Lake Union on Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop. This multiuse path skirts the waterfront and connects Fremont and Wallingford with South Lake Union. It’s ideal for a distance run or a leisurely bike ride.

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Peaceful and Pretty

Take a 35-minute ferry ride to Bainbridge Island, where Bloedel Reserve’s (* 12 gorgeous gardens make for one incredible stroll past a Japanese Garden, Moss Garden, and Bird Marsh.

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Elevation Gain

If your lungs start to burn while climbing the 4,000 feet of Mailbox Peak, just remember the reward at the top: a mailbox (there’s a summit log inside,  but you never know what else you’ll find) and spectacular views of Mount Rainier and the Middle Fork Valley.

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All-Around Appeal

Rattlesnake Ledge is the Goldilocks of trails—challenging enough to be a bit of a workout and spectacular enough to feel worth the effort, it affords just-right views of Rattlesnake Lake below and peaks on the horizon.

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