Your weekend hike assignment this week is Azalea Way, a trail in Seattle's Arboretum. As you may have guessed, there are lots of azaleas along Azalea Way, and right now they are in full bloom and stunning.
Washington Park Arboretum is 230 acre park situated near Lake Washington between the Montlake and Broadmoor neighborhoods. Established in 1934, the park has miles of trails that weave through different environments and gardens. While there is a lot more to see than you can in just one trip, Azalea Way is a great place to start.
Azalea Way is a 3/4 mile trail stretching from the Graham Visitors Center through the center of the park to the Japanese Garden. Parking is available at both ends, though the north end parking lot at the visitors center is larger. From there you can explore the different trails and also check out foster island and Lake Washington.
The park is terrific all year, each season is highlighted by the variety of trees and plants. Right now however most of the Azaleas are blooming or about to bloom, Azalea Way is stunning.
The Graham Visitors Center is located at 2300 Arboretum Dr E in Seattle
Visiting the park is free, but there is a small charge to visit the Japanese Garden