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Saturday Morning Easy Hike-Hamlin Park, Shoreline
Let's wander the trails of Hamlin park. Leash and scoop law in effect. No children under 12 years old. Hamlin Park and South Woods in Shoreline offer easy walks for families with kids. By Cathy McDonald ( Where: Hamlin Park and South Woods Length: About three miles of trail; South Woods has a central paved trail running north-south that bisects the park and connects to a about a mile of dirt/gravel trails, with a paved pedestrian path on the south edge along Northeast 150th Street. Difficulty: Level-to-moderate. Setting: This 80-acre park is a forested haven for birds and people within a neighborhood of single-family homes. Bring your kids to walk the trails, listen for woodpeckers, climb the play structures, and watch a young batter hit a homer at the ballfield. In the last few years, park trails have been spiffed up with wooden bridges over mucky areas and new steps for climbing the steeper grades. South Woods, a 16-acre area south of Shorecrest High School, was recently added to the park system. Highlights: This area was part of the Hamlin family homestead, which was logged during the last part of the 19th century. The current second-growth forest is a little more than 100 years old. The Shoreline neighborhood was settled in the early 1900s, aided by the Interurban streetcar line that extended north from Seattle. The U.S. Navy purchased the land in 1923, and constructed a hospital complex and housing (including six houses and an officer’s barracks in South Woods). After World War II, the land was used as a state hospital and sanitarium into the 1960s. Much of the eastern portion was transferred to the local school district (and Shorecrest High School and Kellogg Middle School were built). In the 1980s, the Navy transferred South Woods to the state. The high school’s environmental club and a neighborhood group stopped the property from being developed in the 1990s, and the city finally acquired the land in 2007. Facilities: Restrooms and playgrounds at Hamlin Park. Restrictions: Leash and scoop laws in effect. Directions: From Interstate 5, take Exit 175 and head east on Northeast 145th Street. Turn left on 15th Avenue Northeast, then turn right into Hamlin Park at Northeast 160th Street (trail access is best from the first parking lot). To reach South Woods, turn right off 15th Avenue Northeast on Northeast 150th Street, turn left on 25th Avenue Northeast, and turn left into Shorecrest High School (where you can park after school hours). undefined More information:[masked] or ( Renton-based freelancer Cathy McDonald, a geologist by training, has written about science and nature travel for 20 years. She’s currently a travel guidebook editor at Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door. Contact her at [masked] .

Hamlin Park

16006 15th Avenue NE · Shoreline, WA

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    What we're about

    This is a group for people who like to get out exploring with their dogs. Hikes and walks will mainly be scheduled for the Seattle area and north.

    You do not need to own or bring a dog to join us, you just need to be willing and comfortable hiking with dogs.

    I am not an experienced guide, but have done a number of hikes and am wanting to find others that are passionate about getting out as well.

    Disclaimer: We are not professional guides and do not have certified training or insurance. Be aware, inherent hazards and risks are associated with walking, hiking and all other physical activity. We can not guarantee the condition of the trail, the length of the trail, or that the trail will be appropriate for a certain fitness level.You may join us on our hikes and/or walks at your own risk. Keep in mind that hiking and walking involves risks and weather changes quickly in the mountains. You are responsible for your own safety and health. The more prepared you are, the better the chance you will remain safe. Your preparedness not only affects your safety but the safety and enjoyment of the whole group.

    I am not in charge of this hike/walk, I’m merely going on a hike/walk myself and inviting others to join me.

    Please read the "Terms of Membership" agreement before joining:

    I am open to suggestions about where to go and what to do.

    Dogs make wonderful trail companions and it is a hobby you can do anywhere, at anytime of the year.
    For dog owners it is important to realize that not all parks are open to our four-legged friends. it is sometimes hard for dog owners to believe but not everyone loves dogs. We are, in fact, in the minority when compared with our non-dog-owning neighbors. As such, rules can change rapidly to ban dogs from even more of our public parks. It doesn't take a referendum or a ballot count for "NO DOGS" signs to appear overnight.
    So make sure your dog is a good citizen on the trail - don't bother other hikers and pick up after him - and you will be embarking on a passion that will last a lifetime.
    Get fit - grab a leash and hit the trail!

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