Schmitz Preserve Park. Credit: Jennifer Johnson
Schmitz Preserve Park
The trails in West Seattle's Schmitz Preserve Park will make you feel like you’re deep in the woods, with one of the few remaining stands of old-growth timber left in the city. Walk into a deep ravine as the sound of traffic recedes behind you. Listen for the gurgle of water in the creeks and the chatter of birds in the treetops.
Kids will love: Splashing in the streams and seeing the huge old trees.
Find it: 5551 S.W. Admiral Way, Seattle. The entrance road has been closed, but there is plenty of parking on S.W. Admiral Way at S.W. Stevens Street. You can find restrooms and an imaginative playground at the nearby Alki Playground (also known as Whale Tail Park) at 5817 S.W. Lander Street.
Distance: Take one of the trails south off Admiral Way up the ravine, cross the wetland and hike back down to the stream. The main loop is about 1.4 miles, and there are 0.3 more miles of spur trails in the park.