Alki Beach Park & Alki Point


Day Hike - Alki Point

Trek by twilight from West Seattle's Whale Tale Park through the old growth in Schmitz Preserve Park to the Puget Sound coast and Alki Lighthouse. Wrap up at Alki Beach Park, hopefully with a classic sunset.

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  • Easy
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 400 ft
  • Pace: 2.0

Meet shortly before 6pm at Whale Tale Park, corner of S Lander St and 58th Ave SW. We'll depart at 6pm with a return around 8:30.

Early evening hikes in the city call for headlamps and urban variations on the 10 essentials.  No cotton, please, but reflective items add to our safety crossing city streets. Sunset is 8:31 pm, civil twilight a half hour later. Smaller umbrellas are OK, too.

Participants familiar with Seattle's history, architecture, urban horticulture or other insights to our route are welcome to help with the narration.  Pace will adjust to hikers' comfort and fitness level -- this is not a marathon but a reasonable level of fitness is assumed for about 4.4 miles .  There are a few, short steep sections through Schmitz Preserve Park.

The hike is the 11th of ~30 planned urban night hikes from Seattle Walks (Williams, 2017) and Seattle Stairways Walks (Jaramillos, 2013).  The Alki vicinity hike  offers unique views and  some prime walking territory. This is the West Seattle, Old Growth & Alki Point hike #17 in David Williams' fine guide.

 Discovering Seattle Parks (Westerlind, 2017 Mountaineers Books) is a wonderful guide to our city parks system.  Keen hikers can find Seattle Walks in local book stores or (gasp) online.  Our Alki from Above  hike last year offered stunning sunset photos west towards the Olympics.


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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