Guidebook

Best Sub-Half Marathon Trail Runs near Seattle, WA

The best trail running routes measuring less than 13.1 miles near Seattle, Washington.

Description

While some outsiders might think of Seattle as a dreary, rainy city, trail runners in the loop know that Seattle is home to some of the best singletrack in the nation. “Seattle. . .boasts one of the most extensive trail networks in the country, with hundreds of miles of cushy, pine-needle-covered trail accessible within a half-hour drive of the city,” writes Tim Mathis for Trail Runner magazine. "Within a few more hours’ drive, an even wider variety of terrain is accessible, ranging from alpine ascents to high desert to coastal rainforest," he continues.

In this guidebook we’ve rounded up the best trail runs near Seattle that are less than a half-marathon distance. But with many of these routes, it’s easy to make them much, much longer. In many of the close to town trail systems like Tiger Mountain, Taylor Mountain, Cougar Mountain, and Squak Mountain, there’s no end of connecting trails and options for bonus mileage. And the Summerland run? Well that’s just a short section of the burly 93-mile Wonderland Trail that circumnavigates Mount Rainier. So yeah, it can always get harder!

Oh, and that temperate weather? It’s “not actually that bad, no matter what you’ve heard,” according to Mathis. It “allows easy, year-round access to [Seattle’s] trails.”

Sources:
https://trailrunnermag.com/destinations/northwest/seattles-ultrarunning-renaissance.html
https://rootsrated.com/stories/quick-dirty-guide-best-seattle-trail-running

Summerland
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Summerland

Mount Rainier National Park
13.7 km
717 m
717 m
One of the most stunning trail runs in the state of Washington!
Moderate
Private
Squak Mountain Linkup
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Squak Mountain Linkup

Seattle
12.8 km
748 m
748 m
A remote-feeling trail run just minutes from downtown Seattle.
Moderate
Private
Rattlesnake Ledge
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Rattlesnake Ledge

7.2 km
352 m
352 m
A very approachable trail run to a stunning overlook.
Moderate
Private
West Tiger 3 Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

West Tiger 3 Loop

Seattle
7.5 km
608 m
608 m
One of the most popular trails in Seattle leads to a gorgeous view of the Cascades.
Moderate
Private
Taylor Mountain Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Taylor Mountain Loop

17.8 km
588 m
588 m
A mellow loop through a multi-use trail system close to Seattle.
Easy
Private
Kendall Katwalk
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Kendall Katwalk

17.6 km
935 m
935 m
Run to the stunning Kendall Katwalk section of the PCT.
Moderate
Private
Cougar Mountain Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Cougar Mountain Loop

Seattle
12.2 km
360 m
360 m
One of the top suburban trail running spots near Seattle.
Moderate
Private