On the way down, we followed the service road, also known by a spectacularly unpronounceable Duwamish name - Sqebeqsed. The trail is perfect for wheelchair users -- mostly a very gradual downhill grade on a hard-packed dirt and gravel path, surrounded by old growth forest.
|Sqebeqsed Trail at Seward Park
|Beginning of trail and big trees
The trail continues down the hill through the forest, eventually reaching Lake Washington, with a view of the Seattle skyline at the bottom.
|Lake Washington with Seattle in the background
On the way back, we took less-accessible trails. Mud, rocks, roots, and steep hills necessitated extra pushing and help.
|Why Woodpecker Trail gets a "diamond" for difficulty
Despite the extra challenges, the uphill trip was well worth it, due to the surrounding woods, the solitude of the trails, and the glimpse of a pileated woodpecker. Near the end of the hike, we again took a less-developed trail back to the car, but this time the path was once again hard-packed and clear of obstacles.
|Andrews Bay Trail