North Beacon Hill

Walk through the center of Seattle's historic Beacon Hill with stunning overlooks and great views in all directions.

on the trail

Trace the last section of the 1800's "Military Road" that connected Vancouver (WA), Olympia, Steilacoom and Seattle, and learn how Beacon Hill became geographically isolated from downtown Seattle in the early 1900's with the Dearborn Street Regrade.  While the views west towards over industrial Seattle are stunning, a clear day brings Puget Sound and the Olympics out of the clouds. Dr. Jose Rizal Park offers a window into Seattle's Filipino History  and El Centro de la Raza brings into focus local Hispanic history and culture at the site of the old Beacon Hill School. Start and finish this urban walk in the shadow of the PacMed Art Deco tower, the former U.S. Marine Hospital.


  • Guidebook:  Seattle Walks by David William's (University of Washington Press, 2017).
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking, Urban Adventure, Urban Walking
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 450 ft
  • 326 ft
  • Land Manager: City of Seattle
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
1007 12th Ave S, Seattle
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