Getting Kids Out Into Nature

Lincoln Park

Distance: There are over 5 miles of trails in the park.

Elevation Gain: Up to 170 feet, but you can also keep it flat.

Season: Year-round

Maps: You can find an app with all the Seattle park trails here.

Description: With its open forested parkland and bluff overlooking the water, Lincoln Park makes an excellent destination for young hikers. You can choose between the mile-long paved and gravel path at the edge of the seawall, or explore the upper portion of the park in the trees. At the south end of the park, children will enjoy watching the Fauntleroy Ferry depart and arrive, and you’ll have access to a rocky beach. The slope is gentle at this end, but is much steeper at the north end, with steps and switchbacks up through the trees. Once you’ve had some time in the forest, you’ll enjoy the zipline and newer playground, and there is a wading pool in the summer. Restrooms with flush toilets are available scattered around the park.

Directions: From I-5, take the exit for the West Seattle Bridge, and head west. Once you’ve gone up the hill into West Seattle, turn left on Fauntleroy Way SW. You’ll wind through neighborhoods, but the street remains Fauntleroy. Follow the signs for the ferry, but just before the ferry docks, look for the large parking lot off on the right at Lincoln Park.

Links: Seattle Parks has a web page for the park, or read up on the WTA trail description.