Seattle, WA

West Seattle: Alki Beach Coastal Trail, Lincoln Park

View of Seattle from Alki Beach trail

The residential area of West Seattle has two great running options that are worth the journey: a coastal path along Alki Beach, and some scenic trails in Lincoln Park.

Alki Beach to Joe Block Park. The coastal path along Alki Beach is one of the more scenic runs in Seattle, with great views of Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline. Overall, it’s 3.4 miles from Alki Beach Park to Joe Block Park, passing Luna Park, boat ramps, vista points. There are numerous waterfront restaurants in the area. The beach itself is runnable, although the sand tends to be soft. ADD-ON: Schmitz Park. Just 0.2 miles inland, Schmitz Park has some pleasant, forested trails. From 58th street, run through Alki Park, and join the Schmitz Park to Alki Trail, which runs for 0.5 miles to SW Hinds St. There are some additional trail in the park to explore.

Lincoln Park. This multi-purpose park in West Seattle is a nose-shaped bluff on Puget Sound just north of the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal. It’s great for running, with 4.6 miles of walking paths, 3.9 miles of bike trails, and several fields. In season, enjoy a post-run dip in the heated saltwater swimming pool! This trail map is a helpful guide. The paved coastal trail (#1 on the map) is 1.1 miles. Numerous other trails inland are a combination of gravel trails through woods and around fields. It’s possible to run north of Lincoln Park on Beach Dr., but the water views are blocked by homes.

 

Essentials
  • Alki Beach route is 3.4 miles (5.4 km) one-way; Lincoln Park has several miles of trails
  • Alki Beach route is 87 feet in one-way west to east
  • Alki Beach Park for coastal trail; Lincoln Park is off Fauntelroy Way
  • Lincoln Park is off Fauntelroy Way