Learn about lesser-known West Seattle trails in the West Duwamish Greenbelt, the largest urban forest in Seattle! Everyone and all ages are welcome. Parts of the trails are graveled and well-constructed; other parts are not formally maintained, so come prepared for possible muddy patches.
Walk every Friday when South Seattle College is in session with WDGT volunteers, including college faculty and staff, who lead a one-hour hike through different portions of the greenbelt each week. The length and direction of each hike depends on the wishes of the hikers. (SSC is now on winter break; guided hikes on Friday will resume January 4, 2019.) .
On Saturday, October 6, South Seattle College librarian Randy Nelson led a group on a history hike, describing the streetcar line that ran through the Greenbelt, the sand and gravel operations that left an old road, and the proposal for a Soundway through the greenbelt.
On Saturday, August 4, 2018, 70 of us hiked a Puget Park trail following Puget Creek with Ken Workman 4th generation-great grandson of Chief Seattle. Ken talked about growing up in this neighborhood, finding quiet and an escape from the city in the woods, and about the continuing presence of Duwamish ancestors in the very soil and trees of the greenbelt. A video of his talk/walk will be posted soon.
Come Back to Your Senses on July 7, 2018 was a one-hour mindfulness walk led by Andrea D’Asaro of Awaken to Mindfulness and Ken Workman the great, great, great, great grandson of Chief Seattle. Mindfulness is an innate skill that we lose in the speed of our techno-drive lives, yet it’s available with every breath and greatly enhanced by the natural world.
Andrea began guiding the group with mindful breathing practice and continued with slow and then faster walking to wake up the senses and calm restless minds. They paused along the way to observe each sense perception and experience the wisdom of the forest with fresh eyes.
Ken spoke about the connection between Native culture and mindfulness and cultivating a deep connection with the earth.
National Trails Day
For the second year in a row, along with the Nature Consortium, we participated in National Trails Day, June 2, 2018, offering guided hikes in the West Duwamish Greenbelt.