The Discovery Park Loop Trail is a beautiful 2.8-mile trail that passes through stunning forests and meadows where you’ll get great views. This furrific trail has tons of scenic areas, and it welcomes dogs on-leash.
The trail begins near the Discovery Park Visitor Center, which has parking, restrooms, and drinking water. When you’re ready, you can head onto the trail itself. On the first part of the trail, you’ll go up a small hill. Once you reach the top of the hill, you’ll get to the looping portion of the trail. You can choose to either go left or right, but visitors often choose to go left because they feel the views are better this way.
The next short part of the trail is also a bit steep. The trail starts to level out once you reach the forest. Here, you’ll walk through a wooded area filled with native trees. There are also lots of wild birds in this forest, including woodpeckers.
One the next part of the trail, you’ll walk through a lovely meadow filled with wildflowers. You’ll also get amazing views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains from this part of the trail. On clear days, you’ll even be able to see Mount Rainier.
After you walk through the meadow, you’ll go through an area filled with sand dunes, and then you’ll walk through another forest. Then, you’ll reach a series of bluffs with some of the best water views in the park. Be sure to take a moment to stop and enjoy the view here.
The last half-mile of the trail takes you through a forest canyon that’s home to barred owls and other unique wildlife. After that, you’ll cross busy Illinois Avenue, and then you’ll end up back where you started at the Visitor Center.
The Discovery Park Loop Trail is a picturesque trail that takes you through meadows, into forests, and over bluffs with great views of the water. You and your dog will both have a pawesome time hiking here!
There’s limited shade on the meadow portions of the trail. Be sure to bring extra water to keep your dog hydrated when you’re walking on these sections. Also, make sure to look out for loose rocks as you're walking through the forested parts of the trail.