Alki Beach Park & Alki Point


Day Hike - Alki Beach Park & Alki Point

Day hike explores Alki, Schmitz Preserve and the grand views west across Puget Sound. Priority audience is 30+ year Mountaineers members who enjoy walking at a conversational pace. All others are welcome.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 350 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at north side of Alki Playground/Whale Tail Park shortly before 9:00 am.  On street parking at SW Lander and 59th St SW. Metro Route #50 is convenient. This is a loop hike.

We will follow David B. Williams's "Seattle Walks" - Walk #17 West Seattle : Old Growth and Alki Point. And we'll adjust pace to the group.

Williams:  "Trek through the great forest of Schmitz Preserve Park, get unparalleled views out to Puget Sound, stroll along the water, and end by passing the birthplace of Seattle ."

And...  "The walk traverses a one-third mile dirt path in Schmitz Preserve Park. The path can be muddy and requires crossing a narrow creek (two feet wide) on flat rocks. The walk has a few short steep sections up the Schmitz Preserve Park trail and one long descent on a sidewalk."  

Public restrooms are available at the beginning of the walk and along Alki Beach, but that’s about it.


Alki Beach Park & Alki Point

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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