Dammit this trail is just lovely. Embrace the banality and have a jog around a sparkling 50,000-year-old glacial lake with the rest of Seattle. But be smart. Try to get there early, or you’ll find yourself nearly jogging in place in a gridlock of Bugaboo strollers and Lululemon pants. The path is 2.8 miles, but you can add another mile by looping around Woodland Park on the south end.
If you’re training for a marathon, this paved trail might be your go-to for more than 18 miles of jogging. This trail is a tour-de-Seattle-neighborhoods, crossing Ballard, Fremont, Wallingford, and the University District. If you’re looking to tackle the entire thing, start at Golden Gardens Park and take a deep breath whilst enjoying the views of Puget Sound. Then watch out for the roots that have raised the pavement while heading toward the Ballard Locks. The trail goes on-road for about a mile, but then meets back up with the former railroad tracks route all the way to Kenmore.