Are you ready to get outside with your little nugget(s) and get moving? Well strap your tyke in your jogging stroller and get going because here is a list of 6 great Seattle jogging stroller paths in the Greater Seattle Area. These paths have been tested and selected by my daughter and yours truly. The selection was based on smoothness of the road, elevation gain and loss of the path, ease of getting up and down curbs and ending at a park where we can play!
1) Green Lake Park
7201 E Greenlake Dr N
Seattle, WA 98115
Path description: There are two options. 1) An inner loop along the smoothly paved path with 2 small increases in elevation. 2) An outer loop along the gravel path with 2 small increases in elevation.
Distance: Inner loop is 2.8 miles. Outer loop is 3.2 miles.
For the kids: The NE corner of the lake has a Community Center with swim lessons, large outdoor play area, small boat center and restrooms. Zoe Yogurt is also close by for a treat! The NW corner has the Bathouse Theater, large swimming area with diving boards and restrooms. The S end of the lake has a boat house and restrooms.
For the moms: The NE corner has a Starbucks, Forza and Peet’s Coffee.
2) Kirkland Waterfront
633 Waverly Park Way
Kirkland, WA 98033
Path description: Take off along Waverly Park Way towards downtown Kirkland. Take a right on Market Street. Right on Lake Street S. Continue on Lake Washington Blvd. Nice, wide sidewalks the entire way! Other great walking/running maps located here.
Distance: Complete a 6.66 out and back by turning around at the intersection of Lake Washington Blvd to Northrup Way. If 6.66 miles is too long, turn around a little earlier.
For the kids: Carillon Woods Park, Marsh Creek Park, Peter Kirk Park and Heritage Park are all the perfect stop along your walk or run to let the kids burn off a little energy.
For the moms: Downtown Kirkland has a wealth of great stops for the busy mom. Try Starbucks, Zoka, Cafe Ladro, or Tully’s for a java fix. Enjoy a treat at Einstein Bros Bagels, The French Bakery or Menchie’s.
3) East Lake Sammamish Trail
17621 Redmond Way
Redmond, WA 98052
Path description: There is a mix between paved sidewalk and lightly graveled road. The trail follows East Lake Sammamish Parkway NE but is removed from the road and very safe. Run along and check out some gorgeous homes and Lake Sammamish.
Distance: If you start at the beginning of the trail (behind the Family Pancake House) or at Marymoor Park, there are miles and miles to cover! If you were to run from the trail head to the end, it is 9.28 miles one way. Go get ’em!
For the kids: Head to Marymoor Park for soccer, biking, playground, tennis, dog park or remote control planes! It is a kids paradise.
4) Alki Beach and Beach Drive
2800 Alki Ave SW
Path description: Enjoy a flat as a pancake run along the West Seattle waterfront. Starting at the tip of Alki Ave SW (by the Cactus restaurant) and run along the marked path towards downtown Seattle. If you are looking for a route with a little incline, head west along Beach Drive SW and check out the view of the islands.
Distance: 7 mile out and back from the tip of Alki Ave SW to West Seattle Bridge. 9 miles out and back from the tip of Alki Ave SW to the south entrance of Lincoln Park.
For the kids: Sand, water and parks galore! Check out Loman Park, Lincoln Park, Alki Beach Park and the scuba divers by Salty’s.
For the moms: Enjoy a cup of coffee at Starbucks or Tully’s.
5) Seward Park/Lake Washington Drive
5895 Lake Washington Blvd. S
Path description: Seward Park is a mini island of its own in S. Seattle. Enjoy a mostly shaded and scenic run with views of Mercer Island and South Bellevue/Renton. For a great out and back, hit the road along Lake Washington Blvd. Both choices provide ample sidewalk and path space for the whole family.
Distance: 1 lap around Seward Park is roughly 2.42 miles (depending on where you park). Running along Lake Washington Blvd is a great place for long distance running as the sidewalk goes for miles and miles. Choose your distance!
For the kids: There is a great playground at the entrance to Seward Park, including the highly demanded zip line!
For the moms: No coffee onsite, but just a half mile away rests a darling Cafe Vita location.
6) Ballard to Golden Gardens
8498 Seaview Pl NW
Seattle, WA 98117
Path description: The route is along a portion of the Burke Gilman trail. It is nice and flat with great sidewalks! Downtown Ballard has a few stop lights along the path to be aware of.
Distance: Enjoy a 6 mile out and back from Golden Gardens to downtown Ballard.
For the kids: Firehouse Coffee and Gymboree are two great indoor places to play and warm up. Check out the train as it passes by the path or the wind surfers and kite boarders Otherwise take advantage of the huge pirate ship inspired play structure at Golden Gardens. You cannot miss it!
Take good care, enjoy the scenery around these Seattle jogging stroller paths, and be well mamas!