Group Hike: Seward Park, Seattle WA

Join Disabled Hikers for an outing at Seward Park! This wonderful park in southeast Seattle is surrounded by Lake Washington and is home to some of the only old growth forest left in the city. This park is featured in The Disabled Hiker’s Guide to Western Washington and Oregon. Syren will have books available – get yours signed!

This is a wheelchair accessible event. Our group hikes are access-centered and collaborative, and we will customize the hike based on everyone’s needs. We welcome all people who are disabled, chronically ill, and/or neurodivergent, and your family, friends, and caregivers. It is required that you wear a mask.

Where: Seward Park, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd, Seattle WA
When: Saturday September 17 at 11:00am

Register here.

Trail Description

There are two options for our hike, which we will customize based upon everyone’s needs:

The Perimeter Loop is a 3 mile, level paved roadway (open to pedestrians and bicyclists only) that circles the peninsula.

The Sqebeqsed Trail (pronounced “skuh-BUHK-suhd,”), is a mostly level and firm compacted gravel trail that travels one mile through the forest. This trail has a couple of grades up to 8% for 30 feet, until the very end where it declines at 10% for a few feet as it connects with the Perimeter Loop. There are two short boardwalks/bridges with no barriers and up to a 1.5″ lip on either side.

a rough wooden boardwalk on the Sqebeqsed trail
One of the boardwalks on the Sqebeqsed Trail.

Amenities

There is an accessible restroom, water fountain, and picnic tables. Benches are available along the trail.

Pets

Service dogs are always welcome. Pets are discouraged to reduce potential conflict and accessibility issues.

Cost

Free. Donations gratefully accepted – it takes several hours to organize each group hike.

Parking

Paved parking with van accessible parking spots.

Transit

Seattle Metro Route 50 stops at the park.

A paved trail along Lake Washington
Where the Sqebeqsed Trail meets the Perimeter Trail.

About Disabled Hikers

Disabled Hikers is an inclusive disability-led and disability-centered organization grounded in principles of disability justice. 

We welcome anyone who is disabled, chronically ill, neurodivergent, or otherwise has lived experience of disability – we define these terms in the broadest way possible. We also welcome supportive friends and family. The group hikes together; we adapt the hike to match the needs of everyone present, rest when needed, and make decisions about when to turn back as a group.

All of our events begin with a moment to honor the land and the Indigenous peoples, followed by group introductions. There is never any pressure to share anything, and if you want to be anonymous that is okay too.

Other things to keep in mind:
Please read the hike description. Trails are chosen to be as enjoyable as possible for the most folks, but only you can decide if a hike is appropriate for you.

Please do not offer anyone advice or assistance without asking first.

If you have questions at any time, please ask. We’re here for you!

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  1. Yay, Syren you’re coming to my neighborhood!

    Unfortunately I will miss out on this wonderful event as there’s a big family thing at the same time.

    This is the perfect place for a group hike in Seattle, I go there all the time!

    Jennie

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