Carkeek Park

Carkeek Park lies in the Piper's Creek watershed in northwest Seattle. It has 220 acres of forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks, and a Puget Sound beach, accessible year round. The trail system offers 6 miles of trails. Many different species of native plants can be found within the park.

about the park

This popular park offers extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Explore the secrets of this northwest Seattle watershed, nine miles from downtown. Here, 220 acres of lush forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks, and beach are formed by the magic of water and time. Come take part in an education program, have a picnic, or get involved as a volunteer teacher or as part of an outdoor work party. Walk the Piper's Canyon Story Trail, play on the uniquely salmon themed play area, or touch time at the historic Piper Orchard.

In Carkeek Park, years of hard work by neighbors and volunteers have brought salmon back to Piper's Creek, restored major portions of the forest, built miles of trails, created sustainable gardens, educated visitors, and restored a unique fruit orchard. Come join this vigorous group! Visit the website listed above for more information.

from the Carkeek Park website

Information for Leaders

Scheduling & Permits

  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the recommended party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • This route allows multiple bookings to accommodate morning and afternoon sessions of course field trips. Please be sure that your your activity does not conflict with one that is already scheduled.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.

  • Suitable Activities: Exploring Nature, Urban Adventure
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Land Manager: Carkeek Park
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 50
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 50
950 NW Carkeek Park Rd, Seattle

Upcoming Activities

September Hikes: 4 to 8 miles, 750 to 2,000 feet gain - Carkeek Park

Day Hiking Field trip: GoHike: Beginner Hiking Series
This hike counts toward your monthly required GoHike course hike for September.
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Sep 24, 2022
No Prerequisites
4 participants 0 instructors
Registration closed Sep 22
Foothills Branch

Field Trip - Carkeek Park

Family Field trip: Mini Mountaineers
This month's meetup theme is salmon!
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Nov 12, 2022
No Prerequisites
23 participants 12 chaperones
Registration closes Nov 10
Seattle Branch

Seattle Nomads Hike - Carkeek Park

Youth Youth activity: Nomads
Join us for a morning of urban foraging. We will learn how to ethically harvest
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, May 7, 2023
9 participants
Registration closes May 5
Seattle Branch
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