There are so many wonderful places Kenmore Air can take you, but there are also some pretty rad things to do right here at home. Whether you’re a Seattle native or here for a visit, these three hikes offer a taste of Pacific Northwest beauty both in the city and beyond.
In the City – Discovery Park
This 534-acre park is the largest in Seattle. Located on the former site of Fort Lawton, it is situated on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound. On clear days, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of both the Olympic Mountain range and the Cascades. It also features two miles of protected tidal beaches, open meadowlands, dramatic sea cliffs, forest groves, active sand dunes, thickets, and streams. Over 11 miles of trails run through this wildlife oasis.
Highlight: The West Point Lighthouse, built in 1879.
On the Eastside – De Leo Wall Trail
At just 1.5 miles, the De Leo Wall Trail is roughly an hour hike round trip. It is located just outside of Seattle on the west side of Cougar Mountain. The majority of this scenic trail twists and turns through tall evergreen trees. Though pets are welcome, leashes are required. Make sure to bring plenty of liquids. There is no drinkable water available.
Highlight: At the trail’s midpoint, you’ll find a bench with a peak-a-boo view of Renton and, on a clear day, Mount Rainier.
A Driving Destination – Lake Ingalls
Those looking for an elevation jump will love Lake Ingalls. At just 9 miles round trip, this hike has a 2500-foot elevation gain. It crosses through no less than three distinct eco systems offering a mostly barren yet beautiful experience. Known for the wildflowers found among its different terrains, you’ll see everything from huckleberry bushes and lilies to alpine firs, bitterroot, and white paintbrush. Move quietly for your best chance to see deer, mountain goats, marmots, coyotes, and countless bird spices.
Highlight: After crossing a broad granite slope and climbing over a tangle of granite slabs and boulders, you’ll drop down to the rock-rimmed Lake Ingalls.