The south and east lots provide the easiest access to the Loop Trail. ... We had a great hike on the loop trail and the south beach trail to the lig... Beautiful hike though old trees and forest, down to a light house. If gas prices give you heartburn and you want to take a hike without going to the … Discovery Park South Loop to the Beach, originally uploaded by CoriK.. In summer or fall, scan the trees to the north of the meadow for red-tail or Cooper's hawks.While great blue herons generally hunt for fish in the shallows near the shore, when fishing is not good a heron may fly up to the meadow to hunt mice. Friends of South Beach Trail at Discovery Park. Then I gave up and wandered and it was a Zen thing and eventually wound up on the beach. Trail and facility map of Discovery Park. Hike Difficulty: Easy. With its seven miles of trails on 534 acres, Discovery Park offers the finest in-city hiking in Seattle. The board has a park map, and often has paper copies of the trail map available for the taking. It is a half-mile hiking trail that connects the Loop Trail to South Beach. We had a beautiful time at Discovery Park. Start on the Loop Trail and then look for the sign that indicates the trail down to the lighthouse. It is a half-mile hiking trail that connects the Loop Trail to South Beach. For those traveling by bus, Metro Route 33 has a stop on W Government Way just east of the park. Total trail length: About 12.4 miles. In 1973, much of Fort Lawton was returned to the city of Seattle to become Discovery Park, although the Army Reserve did maintain a presence there until 2012. After you cross the railroad tracks, turn right onto Gilman Ave W. In a few blocks Gilman changes names and becomes W Government Way. Signage for the main loop trail is clear, but the beach trail and other side trails can be a bit confusing (luckily, you can only get so lost in a city park). Bus schedules may be posted, and can be checked at metro.kingcounty.gov. The garrison remained small, and it languished even more as time went on. The coastal views on these hikes were stunning! Length 1.5 miElevation gain 282 ftRoute type Out & back But occasionally larger fauna have found their way to Discovery Park, perhaps by following the railroad tracks. South Beach Trail is a flagship trail of Discovery Park and connects the Loop Trail down to West Point and South Beach. It passes through both forest and open meadows, offers extensive views, good prospects for bird watchers, and can be hiked or jogged year-round.Begin your Loop Trail hike near the Visitor Center, reached from W Government Way. It offers some environmental displays, indoor restrooms, an information desk and trail maps. Persiaran Cove Sentral, Bandar Gamuda Cove, 42700 Dengkil, Selangor Darul Ehsan. The popular South Beach Trail in Discovery Park is showing signs of degradation and overgrowth after years of use. ; you see the beach from both above and on the water. Here a visitor can sit and watch birds, look for signs of beaver or river otter or enjoy the quiet and the colors. Web Visit website. Brennan Associates conducts the first South Beach Trail public meeting on March 6, 2019. Get some forest bathing in and step away from the cars. Pass two side trails, both signed for the Hidden Valley Trail that heads back to the South Beach. Brennan Associates conducts the first South Beach Trail public meeting on March 6, 2019. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Discovery Park is the entertainment component of the newly launched Gamuda Cove. South Beach is a beach inside of American Camp - San Juan Island National Historical Park. The coastal views on these hikes were stunning! Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. DONATE NOW 206-332-9900 Share page Organization Details FUNDRAISE DONATE NOW Mission Statement Connect With Us. Discovery Park and Lighthouse Loop Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Seattle, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. Loop around the north edge of the sand dune and, in summer, note the large stand of fireweed blooming just off the trail.Before you reach the next trees, a bench offers a great view toward the south end of Puget Sound, with parts of Magnolia and West Seattle visible. Please share your feedback by taking the South Beach Trail … Alan Gibbs. This trailhead is accessible by bus! MODERATE 7.4 mi. The right fork follows a metal fence and soon reconnects with the Loop Trail. The wetlands on the north beach are another unique place to visit in Discovery Park. Find your trailhead next to a signboard at the north end of the parking lot. You can explore this trail a different time. Tom from J.A. Activities: Bicycle riders can enjoy the 32-mile Jedediah Smith Bike Trail. The Capehart Forest restoration project represents one of the largest and most exciting additions to Discovery Parks open space in recent memory. Then I got a map. Eventually, when the road levels out, come to Discovery Park Boulevard, about a quarter mile east of where you crossed it earlier. Unfortunately, with glaring sun in my eyes I turn into the worst photographer on … One of the only ice trails in the country, the new Parker skating path meanders through the park reminiscent of a frozen river or canal. The left fork is the official Loop Trail. This is an asphalt trail that leads to the beach. Checked 1/9/2018. But I found my way onto the south beach trail mid way through the loop trail. In the spring, you might see the bright yellow blossoms of Oregon grape or the red blooms of wild currant. The park provides an open space away from the stress and activity of the city, a sanctuary for wildlife, and an outdoor classroom for people to learn about the natural world. An exception is during nesting season, when the owls can become aggressive. Plan your visit by bus using. From 15th Ave W, just south of the Ballard Bridge, head west on W Emerson Place. Soon the trail forks. This leads to the East Parking Lot near the Visitor Center. It had been less than 40 years since US and British forces almost clashed over a disputed border in the San Juan Islands. Later bloomers are the native salmonberry and thimble berry.Here, and in other forested areas along the Loop Tail, tall trees sometimes fall during wind storms. Elevation Gain: 400 feet. The Loop Trail passes the south end of the parking lot.The North Parking Lot can be reached via Texas Way, a right turn off Government Way just inside the east park boundary. But I found my way onto the south beach trail mid way through the loop trail. Thank you for your commitment to Discovery Park! 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 The owls generally are not active during the day, and if seen at all they will be dozing part way up a tree. Since the early 60’s the 30-acre site has been filled with over 60 prefabricated military homes and owned by the Navy. MODERATE 7.3 mi. I'm pretty good with maps, but I still got lost. The Whitsundays is the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and the tropical paradise of Discovery Parks - Airlie Beach is the heart of camping in the region. Discovery Park and Lighthouse Loop 4.0 mi 6.5 km • 406' Up 123.68 m Up • 405' Down 123.39 m Down. From I-5 take the Richards Blvd. Seattle, WA 98104. The wetlands on the north beach are another unique place to visit in Discovery Park. Brennan Associates for a public meeting on Wednesday, March 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center to learn about alternative design options for the South Beach Trail-connecting the Loop Trail to West Point and South Beach at Discovery Park. Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area. In September 2009, reports of a mountain lion sighting in the park were greeted with skepticism. Discovery Park is home to one of the 18 active lighthouses in Washington State. The owls seem particularly troubled by any person sporting a ponytail or headphones.Continue on the Loop Trail. Map: Discovery Park Map (Kroll Map Company), available at park visitor center. The views along the trail improve with every step, with the Olympic Mountains visible in the distance across Puget Sound. An alternative approach is via W Commodore Way, with a sharp left turn onto 40th Ave W followed by a right turn onto Texas Way. Hike Length 4 miles including South Beach, 5 Miles with Ballard Locks side trip. Book your tickets online for Discovery Park, Seattle: See 860 reviews, articles, and 426 photos of Discovery Park, ranked No.16 on Tripadvisor among 463 attractions in Seattle. The coastal views on these hikes were stunning! Though there was considerable rivalry between Seattle and Tacoma to see which city would host the army base, Seattle won. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. This picture was one of the few from my hike that I didn't delete. 413 reviews of Discovery Park "Yet another urban oasis, and yeah, I got lost. The South Beach Trail is one of the most iconic hiking trails in Seattle. Take a few minutes to appreciate it all. Hosted by: Friends of Discovery Park and J.A. United Indians of All Tribes ' Daybreak Star Cultural Center is within the park's boundaries. Finally, the Hidden Valley Trail (HVT) is probably one of the least traveled trails in the park. Entry is free, and official hours are daily 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. Cross a paved road--one of many dating from the military era, now used only by park vehicles. Hike Length 4 miles including South Beach, 5 Miles with Ballard Locks side trip. A sign points right toward a viewpoint near the old chapel that looks out over the South Meadow. There are three parking lots: The south lot is accessed via W Emerson St., the east lot is accessed via W Government Way, and the north lot is accessed via W Commodore Way or W Government Way if you continue on past the east lot. The result of the protest was the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, a community center that facilitates events and programming to help reconnect Indigenous people in the Puget Sound region to their heritage. Hikers come down the North Beach Trail earlier this year at Discovery Park. ; you see the beach from both above and on the water. Then return to the Loop Trail, drop a bit, cross a park road and approach the meadow.In winter, you may be lucky to see a rare arctic snowy owl near this end of the meadow. MODERATE 7.2 mi. Cross Illinois Avenue with caution. 4. Edisto Beach State Park features an environmental education center that highlights the natural history of Edisto Island and the surrounding ACE basin, South Carolina’s longest system of wheelchair-accessible hiking and biking trails, and a 1.5-mile-long beach. A popular trail leads to South Beach, where an old lighthouse adds to the scenery. Here a visitor can sit and watch birds, look for signs of beaver or river otter or enjoy the quiet and the colors. Fort Lawton never became the major army post local boosters hoped for. It is 2.8 miles, flat and easy but moderately undulating. The North lot provides the closest beach access. I think I strayed a little off this trail. If you see a heron standing completely still in the tall grass, it's waiting for lunch.Bald eagles also prefer fish, so they usually cruise along the shore or perch high in a tree overlooking the water. Located next to Parker’s new library, Discovery Park on Mainstreet and Pine Drive will be a unique destination. Fortunately, that 1859 conflict was quickly defused. The popular South Beach Trail in Discovery Park is showing signs of degradation and overgrowth after years of use. The Discovery Park Loop Trail is a designated National Recreation Trail, 2.8 miles long with an elevation change of just 140 feet. The South Parking Lot is reached via a short access road from W Emerson Street near 43rd Ave W. Metro bus Route 24 has a stop along W Emerson Street a block to the east. The Seattle Audubon Society lists 270 species sometimes seen in the park, or just offshore.While birds are abundant here, you may not have seen any wild critters larger than a squirrel. It's a public road between the Visitor Center and the North Parking Lot. Winding itself gently through light forest canopy while providing breathtaking vistas of the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, and Mount Rainer. Also, it was hoped in some quarters that the army might be enlisted to help in the event of civil unrest. ; you see the beach from both above and on the water. Here, the Hidden Valley Trail heads off to the left and provides another route to the beach. Starting at the Discovery Park Visitors Center and going down to the Lighthouse, so beautiful!! RECOMMENDED ROUTE Cross Island Trail 4.9 mi 7.8 km • 469' Up 142.87 m Up • 430' Down 130.93 m Down. Discovery park is a 48 acre park that opened in 2006. 3. With luck, you will have had some interesting bird sightings on your hike. This is a fun hike with some great views. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until December. But within a few years those weapons were obsolete. Here, and in all forested areas of the park, be alert for the tapping sounds of woodpeckers, including the large pileated woodpeckers sometimes seen in the park. For the next quarter mile the trail heads generally south, eventually leveling out and bending around to the west. A hardened missile control center that coordinated all the local batteries was located at the Fort. South Beach Trail is located in the northwest corner of Discovery Park. Pass two side trails, both signed for the Hidden Valley Trail that heads back to the South Beach. Only a single shot was fired and that was by a civilian. Appropriately, a portable toilet generally sits beside the Loop Trail just before you come to the road crossing. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Virtual Tour of South Beach Trail. More information about the West Point Lighthouse can be found at the Friends of Discovery Park webpage including this educational video. Discovery Park is located in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood, and is the largest park in the city. Winding itself gently through light forest canopy while providing breathtaking vistas of the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, and Mount Rainer. There are raccoons in the park, but they are mostly nocturnal, like the smaller resident mountain beavers, so they are not often seen. It is the largest city park in Seattle, and occupies most of the former Fort Lawton site. The Discovery Park Loop Trail is a designated National Recreation Trail, 2.8 miles long with an elevation change of just 140 feet. Also, the Fort hosted a prisoner-of-war camp that held over 1000 German prisoners. A Walk in the Park Where: North Beach Trail at Seattle’s Discovery Park Location: 3801 Discovery Park Blvd., Seattle By the numbers: Discovery Park is the city’s largest park… Labor disputes, in particular, were common in that era. The crossing is well-marked, but not all drivers are alert for hikers.Along the next part of the Loop Trail, you might catch a view of Mount Baker off to the north.A quarter mile farther along, a veteran's cemetery is visible though the trees. View Discovery Park Map. Learn more here It's an FAA radar that tracks commercial flights.You'll approach a sandy area. Whether you want to hike, enjoy a picnic or spend some time relaxing on a beach, this park has got you covered. Eventually, when the road levels out, come to Discovery Park Boulevard, about a quarter mile east of where you crossed it earlier. Discovery Park is a 534 acre natural area park operated by the Seattle Parks and Recreation. A lighthouse is located on West Point, the westernmost point of the park and the entire city of Seattle, and on the south side of the North Beach strip is a sewage treatment plant, but it is almost entirely concealed from the marsh, beach, and trail. ... 3801 Discovery Park Blvd. Lawton Point Loop. 2. WTA is working to ensure nature is always within reach. By jkshaheen on ... the lighthouse point and were able to walk a little further out and there was a spot where the waves from the North and South … This District is one of the most iconic places in the Park with wide open spaces and unparalleled views. I'm pretty good with maps, but I still got lost. Copyright © 2020   Friends of Discovery Park, All Right Reserved. Enjoy whatever you do see. Discovery Park is the largest park in the city of Seattle—a treasure trove of green spaces, natural shoreline, and paved and rough trails alike. In 1898, the War Department wanted an army base in the Puget Sound area to protect against any future naval invasion. Trail maps can also be downloaded: see the Maps and Guidebooks section of this entry for the link. When you hike the Loop Trail bring your camera and be alert for surprises. Discovery Park has three main parking areas, a North Parking Lot, an East Parking Lot, and a South Parking Lot. In early 2008, a coyote was a park resident for several weeks. Continue on the Loop Trail, now heading north. There are three parking lots: The south lot is accessed via W Emerson St., the east lot is accessed via W Government Way, and the north lot is accessed via W Commodore Way or W Government Way if you continue on past the east lot. It was the long army tenure that eventually made the park possible, since the area otherwise would likely have become suburban housing. The project consists of the schematic design of South Beach Trail from the Loop Trail to the point where the South Beach Trail connects with Discovery Park Boulevard and then down to West Point and South Beach. Discovery Park is a popular place to go for a walk on a nice sunny day. After the park was declared surplus by the U.S. Department of Defense, several Native American activists staged a non-violent occupation of the area. The south and east lots provide the easiest access to the Loop Trail. The Discovery Trail goes by Cape Disappointment State Park and two Lighthouses near there. Location: Located north of Seattle in Discovery Park. An AMAZING hike, 3 miles total out and back with views to die for!! In Discovery Park, the loop trail is a three mile round-trip. But they persisted, and soon a lion was tracked, treed, tranquilized and transported, we hope to a happier habitat. While there are numerous trails, the Loop Trail provides an enjoyable and relatively easy 2.8 mile journey through the park.. Along the way, in late winter, you might see the white blossoms of Indian plum, a scraggly shrub that is the first to blossom each year. The park features 5 multi use fields, basketball courts, sand volleyball pits, 2 ponds which are stocked as part of the community fishing program, a small playground with a fun climbing rock, a network of multi use trails, and 8 … It is the city's largest public park and contains 11.81 miles (19.01 km) of walking trails. West Point Lighthouse was established in 1881 and can be viewed from the South Beach Trail in the park. Unless you have a fondness for hiking next to fences, take the left fork.Come to Discovery Park Boulevard, a road that provides access to the West Point Sewage Treatment Plant. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September. It is a half-mile hiking trail that connects the Loop Trail to South Beach. It is 2.8 miles, flat and easy but moderately undulating. The city declined, citing concerns about potential maintenance costs.During the Second World War, Fort Lawton was revived as an embarkation point for thousands of soldiers and tons of material headed to the South Pacific or to the Aleutians. The parking lot and Visitor Center are just a short stroll away. Just beyond 36th Ave W, enter Discovery Park and turn into the second driveway on the left (the first is a one-way exit.) Many of the wood features near the trail are Friends of Discovery Park share South Beach Trail designs - Queen Anne & Magnolia News Previous public feedback and design meetings from 2019 . In May 2009, a black bear was spotted at least passing through the park, if not actually residing there. North Beach Loop. The loop trail is very pleasant. You may notice a few large trunks of trees that have met that end. The park is also home to the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. There is parking at the Discovery Park Educational Center. For a map of the park’s trail and road system, stop by the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center near the Government Way entrance. It is an attraction park with several components, ranging from first in Malaysia attractions to adrenaline pumping activities. Seattle, WA. If clouds permit, you may see Mount Rainier in the distance.Hike a short way beneath the trees and come to a headland that offers some of the best views in the park. Plan your visit by bus using TOTAGO, or consult the schedules for King County Metro route numbers 24, 31, and 33. In 2005, a large maple tree in the park was struck by lightning and literally exploded. Cross over the Loop Trail, and continue uphill on the paved park road. It is now a favorite spot of mine. Hike Difficulty: Easy. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center via Loop Trail. The park is located 5 miles northwest of downtown Seattle in the neighborhood of Magnolia. South Beach Trail, Discovery Park, Seattle, WA. But take note: the bluff here is unstable and slides do occur, so it's best not to approach the edge too closely.As you leave the viewpoint, a side trail heads off to the left and leads a half-mile down to South Beach and the West Point Lighthouse. Discovery Park and Lighthouse Loop 4.0 mi 6.5 km • 406' Up 123.68 m Up • 405' Down 123.39 m Down. I also did the north and south beach trails; they were of moderate difficulty, with some sections of stairs, etc. South Beach Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Seattle, Washington that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. Discovery Park- Loop and Beach Trail Posted by jkshaheen under Seattle Travel 1 Comment . So dynamic events do happen here, although hopefully not during your hike.Pass by the South Parking Lot, an alternative access point for the Loop Trail, reached from W Emerson Street. ... 3801 Discovery Park Blvd. But their flight paths sometimes are visible from the Loop Trail so as you cross the meadow, be alert for eagle sightings.The trail continues near the southern edge of the meadow where a short side trail leads left to a restroom facility. Then continue on west next to the access road and soon reach the highest point on the Loop Trail. 1 park, many experiences. Join the Friends of Discovery Park and J.A. 47th Avenue West Street End Loop via North Beach Trail. Brennan Associates for a public meeting on Wednesday, March 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center to learn about alternative design options for the South Beach Trail-connecting the Loop Trail to West Point and South Beach at Discovery Park. Discovery Park- Loop and Beach Trail. 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