Hiram M. Chittenden Locks


Day Hike - Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Wander the Hiram M Chittenden Locks & Discovery Park at sunset. Boats, birds, big trees and fabulous waterway and Sound views.

  • Easy
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 600 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 302 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet about 5:50 (for a 6pm start) in front of the Hiram M Chittenden Locks Corps of Engineers Visitor Center.  On street parking or Metro 24, 44 & D Line

The Locks through Discovery Park hike is a cultural, natural and engineering treat. We start at the Locks, crossing as possible with the openings and closings to make our way over the train tracks into the Park. There is one stretch of hard-packed trail with public restrooms throughout.  No, May is not prime fish viewing time  but there are two sorta steep hills to navigate on good trail. This is a slight modification of D W Williams Trip #9 in Seattle Walks (2017, University of Washington Press).  With stops, about 2.5 hours. 


Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

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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