"Carkeek Park: Northern Edge Suburban Oasis" Top 5 Page for this destination National/Local - Parks/Gardens Tip by glabah
National/Local - Parks/Gardens, Seattle: 44 reviews and 135 photos
This wonderful park is well away from normal tourist routes, and therefore here you have some chance of getting away from most tourists. However, it is a very popular spot with local residents, and so the crowds you do see will be locals!
The park is set on the coastline of Puget Sound, and access to a small but pleasant beach is provided by a pedestrian bridge (with stairs, no ramps) over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway line. From here you can see the Olympic Mountains on a clear day. There are also a number of hiking trails through the park, picnic facilities in a number of environments (from full sun to full shade) and a small environmental learning center that seems aimed at educational programs rather than having actual displays. There are some outdoor displays of native plant gardens and the like, however.
Many of the hiking trails are fairly steep.
If you are interested in getting good views, you should explore the trails fairly thoroughly, as there are some out of the way viewpoints on some of them that provide good views to the west. For example, there is a bench on the south side of the park at the edge of the top rim that overlooks Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, but doesn't seem to be too well known.
Getting Here: Highway 99 to 100th Avenue North, west onto 100th, north onto 3rd Avenue NW. Left onto NW 110th and keep going down the hill. Bus route 28 goes to the main entrance, but you won't want to walk down the very narrow entry road. Suggest instead taking bus route 15 to the farthest north you can take it, at 115th and 13th. Walk east to 12th, then north on 12th as far as you can. Turn left onto Norcross Way. On the north side of the road, start looking for a small gap between two houses, and a "Dogs Must Be On Leash" sign. This is a small neighborhood entrance to the park that allows you to enter the park from bus route 15 without having to fight traffic on heavily trafficed roads of any sort.
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