ElevationAscent: 5' 2 m
Descent: -10' -3 m
High: 23' 7 m
Low: 15' 5 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 1% (1°)
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“This trail features outstanding views of the Puget Sound, Vashon Island, and the Olympic Mountains.”— Brendan Ross
The park is a popular retreat, especially on afternoons and weekends. While most visitors stay along the beach, expect to share the trails with runners and hikers of all skill levels. Many sections are only wide enough for one person at a time, so pass and be passed carefully.
Cell phone reception is poor to non-existent through most of the forested sections of the park.
The northern portion of the trail follows the shoreline, about thirty feet from the waters edge. Driftwood and grassy areas separate the trail from the actual shore, and short staircases are placed strategically along the trail to provide access to the beach. Benches and picnic areas are found along the way. Two access points to the Seahurst Park unpaved trail system disappear into the woods to the east; the dirt singletrack is easy to miss, so use the Trail Run Project mobile app or GPS track here for help. Near the end, Shoreline passes the Environmental Science Center, which offers free courses on area ecology and history. The northern terminus coincides with the beginning of Seahurst Park Service Road.
The southern portion crosses a small creek and, after passing a covered picnic area, enters a more wooded area. While still near the shoreline, it feels much more secluded along this segment. A few connectors to South Seahurst Park head up into the trees to the east. After about two tenths of a mile, the trail makes a short U turn, descending to the water's edge and ending.
Both large and small birds are present in great numbers around Seahurst. Seagulls, eagles, woodpeckers, herons, and owls can be found here. Landborne animals are less frequently sighted, confined mostly to suburban woodland creatures like raccoons and mice. The creeks in Seahurst were once return routes for spawning salmon, and a hatchery near the Science Center researches their movements.
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Land Manager: Burien Parks and Recreation