Schmitz Park-1.7 miles there and back. 220 feet elevation gain.
Pass-none Difficulty-1/5 Rating-2/5
When we first moved to Seattle people recommended spending time in Schmitz Park in West Seattle. We checked the weather forcast and saw that we had a not rainy Saturday in February. We all wanted to go on a small hike and decided it was a perfect day to go to Schmitz Park.
Schmitz park is 53 acres of old growth forest in Seattle! It is one of the last old growth forests in the city! Old Growth Forests are forests that have been around for a very long time. They are basically untouched from the time they first started, or at least 100+ years old. Old growth forests are beautiful and make you feel like you’ve gone back in time and you’re the only person to step foot in the forest. Its fun to have one so close, in the city no less!
In Schmitz Park we hiked a long trails and we did just under 2 miles. There were old, fallen tress to climb over, hills to scramble up, and wide paths to run on. The kids had a great time and it was a blast to be outside in February enjoying nature! If you want a fun park to hike around and to see some beautiful old growth forests I would recommend it. If you want a park with a playground, you’re at the wrong place. This is basically just a park to hike around and enjoy the scenery! Its easy for small kids to do by themselves (we had a 3 year old and a 5 year old), but not good for strollers or wheelchairs (lots of scrambling).