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Carkeek Park

Intermediate

Trail

2.1 mile 3.4 kilometer loop
89% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 333' 102 m
Descent: -343' -104 m
High: 190' 58 m
Low: 19' 6 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Sarah Baker

An easy, pleasant loop through lush forest in Carkeek Park.

Sarah Baker

Features River/Creek · Wildlife

Overview

This nice, easy loop takes you on a tour of the best of Carkeek Park. The trails first lead north along the Puget Sound then down to Pipe's Creek. The run then climbs the bluffs on the south side of the park before descending back to the Sound and towards the beach. Make sure to take a little detour to the beach for views of the Olympic Mountains across Puget Sound!

Description

The trail starts at the main parking lot in Carkeek Park. Head north of the picnic area on the North Bluff Trail. After climbing a couple sets of steps, you'll soon come upon three different viewpoints which allow you to see out to Puget Sound through some tree branches.

Take a right onto the North Meadow Hillclimb trail and then a quick left onto the Grand Fir Trail. The trail rolls through a forest of firs and cedars and soon connects to the North Traverse trail. The trail descends steeply to meet the road. Cross the road and Piper's Creek where you can sometimes see salmon spawning in fall.

Turn left onto Piper's Creek Trail and follow this wide, well-traveled trail before taking a right onto the South Ridge Trail. The trail ascends multiple sets of steps up onto the south bluff and then ascends and descends to cross multiple creeks. After the trail crosses the Clay Pit Trail, the trail descends steeply to the north and ends in the main parking area.

If you have extra time, make sure to check out the beach!

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Oct 23, 2018
Bill Schmelzer
nice fall run over creek and up and down ridge. good sound views, too cloudy to see reineir 3.5mi
Jul 17, 2018
Aishwarya Nair
Apr 7, 2018
Alex Cowan
Morning run with T & G. 4.7mi
Feb 24, 2017
Genesse Castillo
You've gotta walk all the way down to the Wetland Trails. Always use the beaten paths, if you want serenity. 3mi — 1h 30m

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 10 votes

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#1

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#129

in Washington

#2,241

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Photos

Caught a leaf mid-switch to Autumn colors
Nov 3, 2019 near Shoreline, WA
A one-legged bird! Despite the trail traffic, wildlife finds some amount of solace.
Jan 21, 2019 near Shoreline, WA
The cool Autumn weather lures the elusive candy cap mushroom into view
Oct 28, 2019 near Shoreline, WA
View to beach access from Carkeek Park.
Nov 25, 2016 near Shoreline, WA
Ferns and cedars.
Nov 25, 2016 near Shoreline, WA
It's not yet officially spring, but flowers are starting to blossom
Mar 8, 2020 near Shoreline, WA

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