Seward Park

A lovely urban park in Seattle for relaxing, walking and exploring wildlife. It's also the starting point for the Seward, Lakewood & Genesee Parks stairway walk and the Emmett Miller Memorial Seward Park to Dim Sum walk.

about Seward Park

A Seattle city park that boasts 300 acres of beautiful forest land, home to eagles' nests, old growth forest, a 2.4 mile biking and walking path, an amphitheater, a native plant garden, an art studio, miles of hiking trails, shoreline, beaches and more.  Many visit the Seward Park Audubon Center, a link in the international flyway-based birding network.

on the trail

Emmett Miller Memorial Seward Park to Dim Sum

An easy 7-mile urban hike with 300 feet of elevation gain

One-way walk starting at Seward Park, following Lake Washington and a string of parks, arriving in the International District for Dim Sum Lunch. This is a one-way walk with a car shuttle or bus ride.

Seward, Lakewood & Genesee Parks Stairway Walk

A 4.8-mile, 626-foot elevation gain stairway walk with 207 steps up and 174 steps down

This is one of 25 urban hikes featured in Seattle Stairways Walks. This in an enhanced and longer version of Hike #22, "Lakewood–Seward Park." The Seward Park neighborhood offers unique views and  some prime walking territory. The impact of lowering Lake Washington 9 feet in 2016 is clearly visible on this hike. If you're into Seattle Stairway Walks, check out Kathy & Jake's Seattle Stairways blog.

Rainier Beach to Columbia City via Seward Park

an easy 5.5-mile, 700-foot elevation gain walk

The Lake Washington shoreline with its string of unique parks is the star of this walk.  Explore Beer Sheva, Pritchard Island Beach, Martha Washington, Seward, Stan Sayers and Genessee Parks. An optional ~3.5 miles takes you  back to the start, south down Rainier Avenue through a series of culturally rich, new and old neighborhoods.  Buddhist Temples, taquerias, African American style shops, Thai restaurants, a high end bakery...what a feast for the eyes.


  • See also Hike 15, "Rainier Beach to Columbia City," in Seattle Walks by David Williams (University of Washington Press 2017).
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 300 ft
  • Land Manager: Seattle Parks and Recreation
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 250
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Seattle City Map

Upcoming Activities

Urban Walk - Seward Park

Urban Walking Trip
Our walk covers Section 5 of the Seattle Olmsted 50K Trail. We’ll start at Stan
Difficulty: Easy
Fri, Sep 29, 2023
No Prerequisites
2 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Sep 27
Seattle Branch
Jenny Weiler

January Winter Conditioning Runs: 5-7 miles - Seward Park

Trail Running Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series
Winter Trail Running Conditioning Course runs from 5-7 miles. You will need to complete 2
Difficulty: Easy
Wed, Jan 31, 2024
No Prerequisites
8 participants 0 instructors
Registration opens Dec 15; Instructor registration open now
Foothills Branch
Matt Davey
Qualified Youth Leader
Trip Reports

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  • Emmett Miller Memorial Seward Park to Dim Sum
  • Seward, Lakewood & Genesee Parks Stairway Walk
  • Rainier Beach to Columbia City via Seward Park

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