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Chief Sealth Trail


 Trail in south Seattle that follows power lines across Beacon Hill, winding through neighborhoods and vegetable gardens. Scenery is interesting, offering at times views of downtown Seattle and Lake Washington. Surface conditions are good but routefinding is a bit tricky at times. Though the signage is usually there it is sometimes counterintuitive - ie when the trail sign points onto a neighborhood street which is part of the trail. Glass on the trail is an occasional nuisance, especially near the Rainier Light Rail station. Mostly walkers and dog walkers appear to use the trail - I saw no other bicyclists on a recent ride. The Chief Sealth Trail runs from Beacon Ave S. and Dawson St southward to 51st Ave S near Renton Ave S. It was built by Sound Transit as part of the Light Rail plan and officially opened on May 12, 2007.
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Location: King County
City(s): Seattle, WA
Length: 3.8 miles.  

Popularity:
 Somewhat
Elevation: Northbound
     Gain  380
     Loss
  257
Facilities Trail Condition  
Drinking Water:  No
Restrooms:  No
Benches:  Yes
Picnic Tables:  No
Surface Type:  Paved
Surface Quality:  9
Scenery:  6
Lighting: 1
Ratings:

0 = none/ the worst
5 = average
10 = excellent


Website: http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/transportation/chiefsealthtrail.htm
Maps:
Burien SeaTac Tukwila Park Map
King County Bike Map
Map of trail (on trail page)
Seattle Times article/map
Expansions:
1. Plans are to extend the trail into downtown Seattle and south to the city limits when funding is available.

Directions: Northern trailhead is at Beacon Ave S. and Dawson St. The southern trailhead is off of 51st Ave S near Renton Ave S and the west side of the Kubota Gardens
 

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