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Mount Baker Park

 
Address: 2521 Lake Park Dr S, 98144 (Map It)
Seattle Parks and Recreation Information:
(206) 684-4075 | Contact Us TTY Phone: (206) 233-1509

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PARK FEATURES

HOURS

6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

ABOUT THE PARK

Mount Baker Park is a gentle ravine boulevard sloping down to Colman Park and the Mount Baker Bathing Beach on Lake WashingtonLocal residents picnic and play tennis here, or set the kids loose in a small playground in the southwest corner. Others stroll down a wide pathwayunder maples, mountain ash, and chestnut treesto Lake Washington Boulevard and the beach. Restrooms are located partway down the path. The northernmost end of the park is the starting point for Bicycle Sunday.

(From Brandt Morgan's Enjoying Seattle's Parks.)

Acreage: 21.7

HISTORY

Pioneer David Denny, the same Denny who donated the five-acre patch for Seattle's first public park in 1884, first owned the Mount Baker area. At that time, it was a quiet woods beside a stream trickling down to Lake Washington.

The Olmsted Brotherswere hired to design the Mount Baker Park Subdivision, and in 1898 this little section was donated to the city. By the late 1920s, the park had become an important public attraction, partly because of its proximity to the beach. And after 1950, when Stan Sayres located his headquarters for the unlimited hydroplane races at the beach just below, it was flooded annually with fans, who returned in quieter times for pleasant walks.

(From Brandt Morgan's Enjoying Seattle's Parks.)

To learn more about Seattle Parks and Recreation, including historic landmarks, military base reuse, and the Sherwood History Files, view our Park History.

DIRECTIONS

BY BUS

> Plan a trip to Mt Baker Park

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BY CAR

From I-5 Northbound:
  • Take exit #157 towards M.L. KING WAY
  • Continue on MARTIN LUTHER KING JR WAY S
  • Turn on right S MCCLELLAN ST
  • Mt. Baker Park will be on your left, after 34th Ave S
  • To get to the beach, turn left on Lake Park Dr S, keeping the park on your left
  • Lake Park Dr S will come to a T at the beach
From I-5 Southbound:
  • Merge onto I-90 E via (EXIT 164)
  • Take the RAINIER AVE S exit (EXIT 3)
  • Turn RIGHT onto RAINIER AVE S
  • Turn LEFT onto S MCCLELLAN ST.
  • Mt. Baker Park will be on your left, after 34th Ave S
  • To get to the beach, turn left on Lake Park Dr S, keeping the park on your left
  • Lake Park Dr S will come to a T at the beach


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Postcard of Mt Baker Park in 1920. Photograph courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives.

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