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Camp Long

Puget Sound and Islands

Location

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area
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Length

1.6 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 240 ft.
Highest Point: 350 ft.

Rating

3.57 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2018
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

Camp Long is a hidden gem, a 68-acre enclave on the crest of West Seattle featuring old growth forest, wildlife, a variety of hiking trails, rock climbing, ropes courses, camping, and environmental education.


Camp Long's genesis came about during the Great Depression, conceived as a youth refuge and center for teaching scouting and camping skills. The park was founded in 1937 by Seattle Park Board member Archie Phelps, Judge William Long, Ben Evans of the Seattle Park Department, and Scout leader Clark Schurman, who was an expert mountaineer and wilderness camp developer. The park and its well-known centerpiece, Schurman Rock, were built by the Works Progress Administration from 1937 to 1941.

Camp Long contains old growth forest, including alder, birch, maple, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, and cedar. Several trails crisscross this forest, including the Animal Tracks Nature Trail (0.34 miles), the Ridge Trail (0.11 miles), the Middle Loop Trail (0.45 miles), and the Lower Loop Trail (0.53 miles). There is a 0.1-mile spur trail, leading to Longfellow Creek, that exits the main area of the park at the northeast corner. Maximum elevation change, from the parking lot to Longfellow Creek, is about 240 feet.

In addition to hiking, the park offers birdwatching, rock climbing, camping, orienteering, and an environmental learning center. Wildflowers bloom during the summer, and the foliage is spectacular during the fall.

Park hours are 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesday through Sunday, March to October. Hours are 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, November to February.

 

Camp Long

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5554, -122.3753 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

City of Seattle

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Guidebooks & Maps

http://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/hiking-and-trails

Getting There

From Seattle, take the exit from I-5 to the West Seattle Bridge, staying on Fauntleroy Avenue. At the first light, turn left on 35th Avenue SW. Go 0.8 mile to Dawson Street, turn left, and enter the park.

Note that the park is closed Mondays.

take transit

This trailhead is accessible by bus! Plan your visit by bus using TOTAGO, or consult the schedule for King County Metro route number 21.

Route 21 has stops in both directions on 35th Ave SW & SW Dawson St.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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