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advice on how to get from downtown to hiking

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advice on how to get from downtown to hiking

My bf and I will be staying in seattle at the alexis hotel near pikes place during spring break in march. We were hoping to spend one of the days getting out of the city and hopefully hiking.

The problem is we don't have a rental car. Does anyone know of a way to get out to a hiking trail? We don't have a specific one in mind all though I know there are some great mountains not far from Seattle.

Suggestions?

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1. Re: advice on how to get from downtown to hiking

The Washington Trail Association website is a great resource. Maybe these pages will provide some doable options:

wta.org/hiking-info/…how-to-bus-hike

wta.org/go-hiking/seasonal-hikes/regional/hi…

wta.org/hiking-info/…hiking-via-transit

wta.org/hiking-info/…classic-bus-bike-hikes

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2. Re: advice on how to get from downtown to hiking

March is still ski season in the mountains (where most people hike). The best hiking will be inaccessible and buried under many feet of snow. There is at least one company that does a winter tour of Mt Rainier, and it would be gorgeous in good weather, but there's no hiking this time of year. There is snowshoeing, if you've brought snowshoes, or snow play. It's a good option if you're less concerned with actually hiking, and more interested in seeing the natural beauty outside Seattle.

There are state parks on Puget Suond outside Seattle that have nice trails, but you need a car. You can rent one for the day from downtown.

Or, why not just visit one of our nicer city parks. You can talk the 3 mile loop trail at Discovery Park, or the beach path at Lincoln Park, and both are lovely and accessible by bus. It's not what hikers would call "hiking" but it's nice nonetheless.

https:/…discovery-park

You'll see that link above is actually a page devoted to "bus hiking". I didn't mention most of the trips they list because most hikers wouldn't consider them hikes. They are mostly parks, paved trails, road or beach walks; there are a few hikes in the exurbs, but nothing I'd say is worth the time it takes to get there by bus.

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3. Re: advice on how to get from downtown to hiking

The Alexis is not near Pike Place Market. It is not exactly far, either, but it's at the edge of the main downtown area.

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4. Re: advice on how to get from downtown to hiking

Snow play or skiing or something sounds awesome! I wasn't really sure when the snow stopped and spring began in Washington. So if we want to do something snow related, where do you think we should go, and more importantly how do we get there?

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5. Re: advice on how to get from downtown to hiking

You can take the bus to Crystal Mountain; it's a ski area but you can showshoe as well. It looks like a tour will take you snowshoeing there as well. Crystal's fun for tourists because it has the only gondola in WA state (other areas just have ski lifts) so you can ride to the top in (warm) street clothes and have lunch.

crystalmountainresort.com/Plan-Your-Trip/tra…

Here's a list of tour operators that will go to Rainier--there's at least one that runs in winter:

visitrainier.com/pg/transportation/transport…

Summit at Snoqualmie is the closest ski/tubing area to Seattle, and there are shuttles that go there. It's a good area for beginning or lower level skiers; it's not THE most dramatic scenery around, but it's nice that it's only 45 minutes from downtown Seattle. They have tubing and Nordic skiing, too.

summitatsnoqualmie.com/plan-your-trip/buses-…

Edited: 4:28 pm, February 06, 2014
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6. Re: advice on how to get from downtown to hiking

That's such a great help thank you!

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7. Re: advice on how to get from downtown to hiking

The Alexis is in fact "near" the Pike Place Market. Maybe a 10 min. walk at most.

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8. Re: advice on how to get from downtown to hiking

Yes! the Alexis is a very short walk to Pike Place.

You might want to contact a The Mountaineers and see about what outings they have during your visit. They will let visitors come along as long on some outings. We have been members for years, and it is a great group.

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9. Re: advice on how to get from downtown to hiking

OK thanks great advice. While we're at it, does anyone have an suggestions of places to visit while in town? We know we want to visit the market, the Freemont troll, and the space needle. But we'll be there for 3 daysand I think we could do all three of those in one day. We dondon't mind walking and like anything that feels charming or unusual. Or of course is just worth seeing. Suggestions? Lol

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10. Re: advice on how to get from downtown to hiking

In Pioneer Square (the historic district) you can go up the Smith Tower, visit Waterfall Garden Park, go to the Klondike Museum (about the gold rush), and take the Underground Tour. Lots of fun shops and restaurants in this area as well.

the Olympic Sculpture Park (near Seattle Center/Space Needle) is interesting if the weather is nice.

You can take a ferry ride over to Bainbridge Island and back (great views of the city from out on the water).

Frye Museum, downtown Seattle Art Museum, Asian branch Seattle Art Museum (in Volunteer Park).