Fall Hike in Frink Park
Fall in the Pacific Northwest is the perfect time for a hike. Unfortunately, early sun sets and unpredictable weather mean that you might have just a few minutes to get outside after work to enjoy the fresh air and fall colors. One of my favorite things about Seattle is that there are great hiking trails and nature parks right in the city. Frink Park is one of these parks, located along Lake Washington with hiking trails weaving along the ravine west of the lake.
Frink Park is one of many urban hiking parks in Seattle and the surrounding suburbs. What's great about these parks is you can enjoy the beauty of nature in your own neighborhood. Many Seattle neighborhoods are just a short walk, bike ride, bus trip, or drive from any of these great parks. Check out my post 5 Best Bike Routes in Seattle for information on biking to these great parks!
About Frink Park
Frink Park is a 17.2 acre ravine park that connects to Leschi Park and Lake Washington Boulevard, providing scenic hiking right in the Leschi/Central Area of Seattle. The park features dense vegetation, trails, benches, a rhododendron glen, and Frink Creek. The land for the park was donated in 1906 and connects to many nearby parks and parkways along Lake Washington. It is a link within the broader Olmsted Park and Boulevards Plan for the city which was created in the early 1900s. In 2019, the park was listed as a national historic register for its significance in Seattle's parks landscape. Today, it is a great park to explore year-round.
How to Get There & Tips
Frink Park is located in the Leschi Neighborhood of Seattle and can be accessed from local neighborhood streets in the area or along Lake Washington Boulevard. The easiest upland access is at Jackson Street and 31st Avenue South. This entrance is the top of the park, with pathways and trails leading throughout the park and to the waterfront. If you live nearby, it is easiest to walk to Frink Park. You can also bike or take the bus - Route 14 stops at the park entrance. If you drive, there is not a parking lot at this entrance, but ample street parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Level of Difficulty: Frink Park is relatively small, with well groomed trails, stairways, and paths. This trail map shows the main paths through the park. Most paths are unpaved and dirt (no gravel). Because of its location along a ravine, there are some steep portions which transition to wooden stairs. Walking down to Lake Washington might be easy, but take advantage of the switchbacks that cross the park north-south on the way back up to break up the climb.
Provisions: Frink Park is within walking distance of many nearby neighborhood eateries and markets along Lake Washington Boulevard/Lakeside Avenue S and S Jackson Street. Some of my favorite nearby spots are:
Reckless Noodles - Asian inspired noodles, salads, appetizers, and delicious cocktails
Standard Brewing - locally brewed beer, cocktails, and sandwiches/bar snacks
Woodshop BBQ - amazing BBQ brisket, pork, chicken, and, my personal favorite, mac n cheese bowls
Central Pizza - pizza, salads, pastas, and pizza by the slice
Daniel's Broiler has great lake views if you're looking for something fancy and Leschi Market offers staple grocery items if you just need picnic supplies, a quick snack, or beverage (including wine and beer).
Views from Frink Park
We love exploring all over the Pacific Northwest. Where should we head to next? What's your favorite urban hike? Leave your ideas below.