Short, dog-friendly hike/walk near Seattle?
May 3, 2013 10:52 AM   Subscribe

I'd like to go for a short hike/long walk in the woods or other wild place within a 90-minute drive of Seattle this weekend.

The weather is gorgeous and I need to get outside! I'd like to take my 5-month-old puppy. He's only supposed to walk for about a half hour at a time on his puppy legs, so I'd like the walk to be relatively easy (a few miles or less). I'll keep him on-leash the whole time, but it has to be dog-friendly, so no national parks.

I'm open to forest, mountain, beach, whatever. I'd like it to be outside the city, within a 90 minute/two-hour drive.

I know about the WTA's hike-finder, but would love some mefite suggestions!
posted by lunasol to Travel & Transportation around Seattle, WA (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This recent thread might be useful. For you I would especially recommend the Red Town trailhead at Cougar Mountain which gives you several different trails to choose from, all fairly easy and dog-friendly.
posted by mbrubeck at 12:13 PM on May 3, 2013

You can do the Bus Trail at the Tiger Mountain trailhead off of I90. It is flat and well-groomed. It will suit puppy well, with several side-trails to explore if you are interested.
posted by trinity8-director at 1:26 PM on May 3, 2013

Discovery Park and Carkeek Park. Carkeek is in Greenwood or thereabouts, due west of Northgate. Discovery Park is NW of Magnolia, on the sound.
posted by Sunburnt at 3:14 PM on May 3, 2013

Response by poster: Thanks, good suggestions so far.

Discovery Park and Carkeek Park.

Love both, but I need to get out of the city. :)
posted by lunasol at 4:31 PM on May 3, 2013

Come visit Whidbey and walk at one of the off leash parks? Brons park has wooded level trails, Greenbank Farm has lovely hills and views of the water and mountains, also a large woods. Double Bluff beach is a long sprawl of easy sand and interesting driftwood.
posted by The otter lady at 10:58 PM on May 3, 2013

Middle Fork on the Snoqualmie river - very flat, by a river, well outside the city but still a short drive. It's also a lovely beginner backpacking spot if you and pup want to do an over nighter at some point - there are campsites starting a mile in.
posted by SakuraK at 10:05 PM on May 4, 2013

Middle Fork is in a national park but I've seen lots of dogs on the trail and don't see anything online about dogs being disallowed.
posted by SakuraK at 10:11 PM on May 4, 2013

(Sorry for the staccato comments): Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest officially allows dogs on leash on trails and in campgrounds, so you guys can definitely do Middle Fork.
posted by SakuraK at 10:18 PM on May 4, 2013

Response by poster: Thanks again, everyone! We wound up going to Whidbey, which was perfect. Forest walk in Brons park and then splashing around in the water and digging in the sand at Double Bluff.

I may check out Middle Fork next!
posted by lunasol at 11:18 AM on May 6, 2013

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