Golden Gardens


Day Hike - Golden Gardens

Night hike follow the Loyal Heights bluff to stairs down to Golden Garden for a beach stroll, returning same route.

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  • Easy+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 600 ft

Meet shortly before 6pm on the Burke Gilman Trail where it joins the roadway at about 6700 Seaview Ave NW.  Plenty of on street parking.

Yes, 272 stairs down then up leavened by a great sunset (weather gods willing) from a Loyal Heights viewpoint on the bluff and, perhaps, a Golden Gardens sea level view of the blush over the Olympics. 

We've done this many times and the views across the Sound, fair or damp, never fail to enchant these eyes.  And there's always something going on at the beach.  We may even spot the resident beavers.

This is our 14th Tuesday night hike this year, our fourth year working the second shift when traffic is thinner, lights are brighter and a new urban world takes shape.  We follow Covid precautions and relish the open air.


Golden Gardens

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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