Carkeek Park

A Seattle park that lies in the Piper's Creek watershed in the city's northwest corner. 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.

Activity Cloning

  • This route/place allows activities based on it to be cloned. Please be sure that the clones you make do not create a conflict or exceed the route/place maximum capacity. For more information, visit our How to Schedule & Manage Activities page.

  • Suitable Activities: Naturalist, Trail Running, Urban Adventure, Urban Walking
  • 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
Map
950 NW Carkeek Park Rd, Seattle
Activities

Upcoming Activities

March GoHike Pacing Urban Walk: 2 - 4 miles, 0 - 750 feet gain (optional). - Carkeek Park

Day Hiking Field trip: GoHike: Beginner Hiking Course
Join us as we explore this sensational Seattle park! We will explore meadows, forests, wetlands,
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Mar 9, 2024
No Prerequisites
0 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Mar 4
Foothills Branch
Shelly Dearmon

Seattle Pathfinders & Nomads Hike - Carkeek Park

Youth Youth activity
Let's forage some spring edibles! Nomads and Pathfinders will learn about ethical harvesting and harvest
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Mar 17, 2024
Prerequisites
2 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Mar 15
Seattle Branch
Dragana Lassiter
Qualified Youth Leader

On-Trail Navigation Field Trip - Carkeek Park

Navigation Field trip: On-Trail Navigation
A half-day field trip to a nearby location for hands-on practice.
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Mar 23, 2024
No Prerequisites
10 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes Mar 18
Seattle Branch
Trudi Jackson

April Hikes: 2.5 - 5 miles, 250 - 1,000 feet gain - Carkeek Park

Day Hiking Field trip: GoHike: Beginner Hiking Course
Urban Walk through a 220 acre park that features forest and wetlands. Route will be
Difficulty: Easy
Fri, Apr 12, 2024
No Prerequisites
8 participants 0 instructors
Registration opens Mar 1; Instructor registration open now
Foothills Branch
Kathy Plakovic

Field Trip 1 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course - Carkeek Park

Naturalist Field trip: Introduction to the Natural World Course
This field trip will give you the chance to practice using your charts, tree &
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Apr 20, 2024
No Prerequisites
1 participant 1 instructor
Registration opens Apr 5; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
Valerie Bobb

Field Trip 1 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course - Carkeek Park

Naturalist Field trip: Introduction to the Natural World Course
This field trip will give you the chance to practice using your charts, tree &
Difficulty: Easy
Wed, Apr 24, 2024
No Prerequisites
9 participants 0 instructors
Registration opens Apr 5; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
Dawn Corl

Field Trip 1 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course - Carkeek Park

Naturalist Field trip: Introduction to the Natural World Course
This field trip will give you the chance to practice using your charts, tree &
Difficulty: Easy
Thu, Apr 25, 2024
No Prerequisites
9 participants 1 instructor
Registration opens Apr 5; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
Stewart Hougen

Field Trip 1 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course - Carkeek Park

Naturalist Field trip: Introduction to the Natural World Course
This field trip will last two to three hours and will give you the chance
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Apr 27, 2024
No Prerequisites
8 participants 0 instructors
Registration opens Apr 5; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
Bruce Barcklow

Field Trip 1 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course - Carkeek Park

Naturalist Field trip: Introduction to the Natural World Course
his field trip will last two to three hours and will give you the chance
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Apr 28, 2024
No Prerequisites
8 participants 0 instructors
Registration opens Apr 5; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
Bruce Barcklow

Uphill and Downhill Running - Carkeek Park

Trail Running Field trip: Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry
This field trip will focus on uphill and downhill running.
Difficulty: Easy
Thu, May 16, 2024
No Prerequisites
3 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes May 14
Foothills Branch
Matt Davey
Qualified Youth Leader

On-Trail Navigation Field Trip - Carkeek Park

Navigation Field trip: On-Trail Navigation
A half-day field trip to a nearby location for hands-on practice.
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Jun 22, 2024
No Prerequisites
12 participants 5 instructors
Registration opens Mar 24; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
Peter Hendrickson
Qualified Youth Leader

On-Trail Navigation Field Trip - Carkeek Park

Navigation Field trip: On-Trail Navigation
A half-day field trip to a nearby location for hands-on practice.
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Sep 21, 2024
No Prerequisites
12 participants 5 instructors
Registration opens Jun 28; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
Peter Hendrickson
Qualified Youth Leader

On-Trail Navigation Field Trip - Carkeek Park

Navigation Field trip: On-Trail Navigation
A half-day field trip to a nearby location for hands-on practice.
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Oct 12, 2024
No Prerequisites
12 participants 5 instructors
Registration opens Sep 21; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
Peter Hendrickson
Qualified Youth Leader
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