There's a small play-structure at the top for kids before you start the 1 1/4 mile hike down to the Puget Sound. Feel free to bring your dog, you're bound to see many more the trail. The hike starts off easy and gets steeper as you go, then levels out again for the last 1/2 mile to the beach. The woods are amazingly quiet, considering how close you are to the city. This is one of our favorite relaxing hikes to go on--it's short, beautiful, and the payoff is stupendous.
When you reach the bottom you'll find a ranger house, a large grassy area with a beach volleyball net, and a picnic shelter with tables. This area feels so magical to us. The sun shines through the maple trees in such a way that it looks like you've arrived in Shire from Lord of the Rings, or some other serene landscape.
The beach and the view toward Seattle from Meadowdale Beach Park
Things to Know:
- The park is open year round and offers a variety of scenery during every season
- Dogs are allowed on leash
- There's free parking
- The hike is about 1 1/4 miles each way
- Port-a-Potties at beginning of hike and when you reach the water
The leap over a babbling brook on the beach with a view of Whidbey Island in the background
Have fun hiking!
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