Stroller-friendly runs in Seattle and beyond
For the active parent with a stroller in front of them, getting out for a run can be surprisingly tricky. Making sure paths are paved, keeping runs at a reasonable length, and avoiding complete bike saturation are all crucial factors in planning a stroller-friendly run. Check out our roundup of paths around town that make stroller adventuring that much easier.
Iconic Green Lake’s 2.8 mile paved pathway is a hotspot for wheels and feet alike. It’s usually ridiculously crowded on weekends, so you’re most likely to find it empty on weekday mid-mornings and early afternoons. Park in the lot on the southwest side of the lake just off West Green Lake Way North for super-easy access.
Snohomish’s sweet Centennial Trail is wide, flat, and runs along pretty Catherine Creek.
This super-scenic pathway is short (3.4 miles) but offers gorgeous views of the Sound and downtown. Enter by parking at Elliott Bay Marina and then head downhill past the parking lots to Smith Cove Park.
Seward Park’s paved path curves around the shoreline surrounding the park for 2.4 miles. The wide path is well-maintained, making it super wheel-friendly. Enter at the Audubon Center.
The short Bonneville Power Administration Trail follows the overhead electric utility corridor, serving as a connection between Celebration Park and the downtown areas of Federal Way. The trail has lots of access points to neighborhoods as well: West Campus Trail branches off about midway through the trail’s 3.8 miles, providing access to more of Federal Way.
The Alki Trail is another popular spot, with a walking path that’s stroller-friendly and a bike path. If the path is particularly crowded, it can be difficult to maneuver a stroller. If you’re rolling with an extra-wide setup, pay close attention to where the paths change from sidewalk to street.
Renton’s pretty Cedar River Trail is paved for 11 miles of its length. The run is a pretty straight shot that begins at the edge of downtown Renton. From there, the trail rolls upstream along the Cedar River to Landsburg Park.
The super-long Sammamish River Trail rolls along for a full 20 miles from Bothell to Marymoor Park; this eastside extension of the Burke-Gilman is extremely popular, so definitely avoid on the weekends when the trail is at its most packed.