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Elliott Bay Trail

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area
47.6162, -122.3539 Map & Directions
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
350 feet
Highest Point
65 feet
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  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Coast

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The Elliott Bay Trail follows the shoreline of Elliott Bay for 5 miles from S Royal Brougham Way near CenturyLink and SafeCo Fields to Smith Cove Park in Magnolia. Continue reading

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Hiking Elliott Bay Trail

A paved path along Elliott Bay shoreline this route is a lovely, flat route to enjoy views of Puget Sound and a little nature close to the heart of Seattle. This trail provides a pleasant way to go north-south in Seattle, with fewer intersections than walking on the main city streets. There are plenty of connections in to downtown such as the Pike Street Hillclimb and the Lenora Street Bridge.

The trail goes through the Olympic Sculpture Park and Myrtle Edwards Park. There is good variety along its length, from highest urban density to more wide open and industrial.

Your best access point is Myrtle Edwards via the Olympic Sculpture Park. There is a parking garage available at the Sculpture Park, or extend your outing by heading here without a car. You can bus it, or simply come in from wherever you can find parking in Belltown or on the waterfront.

Toilet Information

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Wheelchair Accessibility

When traveling north towards Magnolia, there is a narrow railroad overpass with a very steep ramp. Also of note, portions of the trail split into two paths: cycling and pedestrian. The slope and side-slope is much more gentle on the pedestrian path.

Elliott Bay Trail

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.6162, -122.3539 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

The pin here is dropped at the parking garage near the Olympic Sculpture Park but there are many other access points to the Elliott Bay Trail.

take transit

This trailhead is accessible by bus! Plan your visit by bus using TOTAGO. Many bus routes serve downtown Seattle.

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Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

City of Seattle and Port of Seattle

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Urban Trails - Seattle (Craig Romano - Mountaineers Books)

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