What are the best hiking trails in Seattle?

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Charyn Pfeuffer

There are few hiking options within Seattle proper (Discovery Park, Carkeek Park and Schmitz Preserve Park come to mind for an easy hike). But once you get out of the city, Washington State abounds with outdoor options.
One of my favorite hikes within an hour of Seattle is the Licorice Fern Trail at Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. What makes this hike so fantastic is that it’s within a heavily visited Puget Sound park, yet it’s rarely ever busy. If you can successfully find the trailhead, you’ll be rewarded with a tranquil hike, a peaceful waterfall and a modest viewpoint.
For up-to-the-minute updates on local trail conditions, check out Washington Trails Association’s interactive website.

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