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Day Hike - West Seattle

After work urban hike in West Seattle through Schemitz preserve park, Me-Kwa-Mooks Park and Alki Point with the view of Puget Sound.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.54 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 350 ft

We will meet at Alki Playground and Whale Tail Park shortly before 6:00 PM.  We will have to find street parking. This will be a loop so we will come back to Alki playground at the end and drive home from there.


We will be following David B. Williams's "Seattle Walks" - Walk #17 West Seattle : Old Growth and Alki Point. This is a loop hike starts and ends at Alki Playground and  Whale Tail Park.

From his book:

"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 "


"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 near the beginning of the walk, but that’s about it"


West Seattle

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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