About 6 miles north of downtown, Green Lake is one of the most popular destinations for urban running in the Seattle area and is also one of Seattle’s most beloved parks, drawing thousands of people daily. It’s also the site of dozens of local races. The park has a 2.8 mile inner loop, which is much more crowded than the 3.1 mile outer loop, which tends to be the road less traveled. There are separate crushed granite paths for runners and paved paths for wheeled users.
Add-On Options: If you’d like to extend your run, try Woodland Park, attached to the south end of Green Lake, which has a wooded network of trails (take West Green Lake Way North, which connects the two parks). Also, some very nice residential streets in the area include: North 55th St, West Green Lake Way North (which connects Greenlake to Woodland Park), West Green Lake Drive North, East Green Lake Drive North, North 77th St, and Sunnyside Ave. North.