Puget Sound view Lincoln Park trail
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Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park is the largest park in West Seattle and is used for just about every activity you can think that belongs in a city park. Two of the highlights are the beach walk and the old growth forests. Lincoln Park has over 4.5 miles of trail. Most are easy walking but a few of the beach trails switchback steeply down to the beach. Because Lincoln Park pokes well out into Puget Sound, the views are excellent. The park is full of ball fields, picnic shelters, grassy open space and playgrounds but the outdoor heated saltwater pool is especially unique for the Seattle area. Called the Colman Pool, it was once a tide-fed swimming hole in 1929. Over the years it became commercialized and developed into a regular pool but even today, you still have to walk a good distance just to reach it. An enjoyable family loop walk would be to hike from the south end to the north on the beach walk, then take the upper trails on the bluff above back. Try to find the amazing redwood grove or look for "platforms", huge limbs high in the old growth trees where birds nest. Lincoln Park is an ideal place to take out of town guests so they can experience what Seattle was like before development.
Puget Sound Hikes
From I-5 north or south bound, take the West Seattle exit. Stay to the left if you are heading North on I-5; stay to the right if you are heading South on I-5. Follow the signs to Fauntleroy Way SW. Stay on Fauntleroy Way SW until you come to the Park on the right hand side of the street. You can also follow the signs for Vashon Ferry. Parking lots are along Fauntleroy SW.
Directions and Info:
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Bluff Trail, #2 on the map at the bottom of page
Bluff Trail, #2 on the map at the bottom of page
Redwood Grove, off trail #6 on the map below
Fauntleroy Ferry from the south end of the park
Northern seawall walk that is unpaved
Sunset at Lincoln Park
Sunset over the Olympic Mountains
Northern beach
Views from the bluff trail
One of the upper trails
Upper trails are easy for kids on bikes
Redwood Grove
Beach Trail, #3 on map below
Northern beach
Paved southern beachwalk section