If you are a runner, once you discover the joys of scampering over trails it can be hard to go back to pounding pavement. Luckily, Seattle has plenty of options to keep you off the road, trading it in for a network of beautiful dirt paths.Discovery Park, just a few miles from downtown, is a locals’ favorite for everyday runs, with boundless options for various routes, which you can modify depending on your desired mileage.
The 2.8-mile Discovery Park Loop is relatively flat and well maintained, with gorgeous views of Puget Sound. To get more of a workout in, head down the stairs to the beach. Savor the ocean vista—and then the thigh burn on the way back up. Just outside the city, Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park’s 36 miles of forested, winding trials provide a virtually boundless running grounds. From technical single-track to wide groomed paths, from punishing hills to level loops, Cougar Mountain has it all.