Discovery Park

Year-Round Trails

Pacific Northwest hikers never hibernate, but there are some trails especially suited to the off-peak months. Find recent trail reports at and check for the most up-to-date information on road conditions.


Discovery Park

Discovery Park Loop Trail

2.8 miles—Easy

It’s a little hard to believe you’re still in the heart of the city when you wander the gentle trails of Magnolia’s Discovery Park, given that its 534 acres include forested canyons, sandy bluffs, and panoramic views of Puget Sound—not exactly your typical urban fare. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the more than 270 species of birds that live here, including pileated woodpeckers, bald eagles, and great horned owls. Discovery Park Loop Trail

Rattlesnake Ledge

4 miles—Intermediate

One of the Issaquah Alps’ most popular trails is less crowded in the off-season, and there’s a misty, ethereal quality to the forested landscape this time of year. At the ledge, clear skies will provide views of Rattlesnake Lake, Mount Si, and Mount Washington. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, East Peak is an additional 2.4 miles, with its own stunning views. No matter how far you plan to go, consider bringing traction, as the trail can get slick. Rattlesnake Ledge

Franklin Falls

2 miles—Easy

You might feel like you’ve stepped into a scene from Frozen as you make your way along this wintery wonderland in the Snoqualmie region, the pathway flanked by snow-topped trees and boulders with a dusting of white. The big payoff comes once you’re in sight of Franklin Falls, where the spray creates mesmerizing ice displays. Franklin Falls


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