The Hiker Mama

Saint Edward State Park

Distance:  There are over 7 miles of trails. 

Elevation Gain:  Trails are flat to moderately steep.

Season: Year-round

Description:  This park used to be the grounds of a seminary.  There is some beautiful forest here, and the land slopes down to the banks of Lake Washington.  There are 5 dirt trails of varying steepness down to the lake.  Some other trails wander around the upper parts of the park. Picnicking and bird watching are popular activities, and there is a wonderful playground, as well.

Directions:  From Seattle take I90 or Hwy 520 east to I-405.  Drive north on 405 to exit 20A (NE 116th St.).  Turn left at the exit and head west on NE 116th to 98th Ave. NE.  Continue straight through the intersection; you will now be on NE Juanita Dr., then Juanita Dr. NE.  In about 3.5 miles, turn left into the park.  Stay to the right to continue into the State Park.  You will need the Discover Pass to access the park; there is a pay kiosk onsite to purchase a one-day pass.

Links:  Visit the State Parks Website here. Print out a map before you go.


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