Jefferson Park (Beacon Hill)


Day Hike - Jefferson Park (Beacon Hill)

Explore the Chief Sealth Trail in a one-way night hike starting from Seattle's Jefferson Park on Beacon Hill and ending near the Kubota Garden. A clear night would bring sweeping views of Mt Rainier, the Issaquah Alps and the Olympic Mountains. Ripped from the pages of Craig Romano's new Urban Trails Seattle Mountaineers guidebook.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 570 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 334 ft
  • Pace: 2.2

Meet shortly before 6pm at the information kiosk in the S end of Jefferson Park along 16th Ave S (restrooms available).  Leader will arrange for vehicle exchange at trail's end to facilitate return to Jefferson Park.  Metro 36 & 50 arrive near the trailhead and Metro 106 and 107 serve the southern terminus.

This paved trail is jogger/stroller friendly with minimal sidewalk and vehicle exposure.  Depending on fitness and inclination of hikers we'll move at about 2mph or a little faster -- not a race.  Romano (Hike #7, p 57( reports this is one of the city's newer (2007) long distance trails and it connects Beacon Hill to Rainier Beach.  Yes, there is some up and down.  Leader will post more detail after a test hike.

This is year 3 for our Tuesday night city hikes.  All are expected to carry and use headlamps.  Reflective clothing is a plus.  Leaders will carry cop-style light wands to support street crossings.


Jefferson Park (Beacon Hill)

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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