Our 9.3 mile walk took us around Schmitz Preserve Park - an Olmsted Legacy Park and backyard wildlife habitat. We saw two main entrances and did walk into the park but, without a trail map, we feared we'd get lost so we returned to the streets.
We did see some smaller entrances, one had some great wood sculptures pointing the way; another was closed and appeared to lead to a very steep trail.
What we thought was going to be a beach walk on a fairly flat terrain wound up being a hilly walk and, due to the fog, we weren't even rewarded with the great views we knew must be there. We came to a few staircases
and saw a majestic golden weeping willow tree in a lovingly landscaped yard.
Seattle Heritage Tree Program.
which is right next to Alki Community Center and its imaginative playground
Schmitz Park Elementary School.