Saint Edward State Park is a real treasure located within the Seattle metropolitan area on the northeast shores of Lake Washington. It has wonderful grassy picnic areas or you can enjoy a number of loop trails for hiking and mountain biking, that are spread out through a growing forest of native trees and understory. At the beginning of the trails can be found the Romanesque Revival style brick buildings of the original Catholic seminary – which originally served as both the seminary and boy’s school – it is now used for events. An Olympic sized swimming pool (currently closed due to budget cuts), playground, and sport fields are also intermixed on the grounds above the forest. The children’s playground is one of the largest in Seattle as well as one of the most creative; this is worth a visit on its own.
Saint Edward State Park is a 316-acre day-use park with 3,000 feet of freshwater shoreline on Lake Washington. Once a Catholic seminary, the park’s rich history reflects in its grounds and architecture. Walks along the undeveloped lake shore are peaceful and give the visitor many opportunities for nature study.
There are more than seven miles of trails. The level of difficulty: Flat-to-rolling plateau trails; moderately steep dirt/gravel trails down to Lake Washington (muddy after rains). Paved limited-access road curves around the seminary building for an accessible route.
The park is open year round for day use only.
Summer: 8 AM to dusk
Winter: 8 AM to dusk
This is a state park so if you are parking on site you need a Discover Pass for each vehicle.
Annual pass: $30
One-day pass: $10
Click Discover Pass to purchase online; this fee supports the entire state park system.
Park Address (click Map for directions)
14445 Juanita Drive NE
Kenmore, WA 98028
Park Map (click park Map for layout and trails)