Getting high and hiking is one of life’s most decadent pleasure. And in the summer of 2020, when it truly feels like everything fun about Seattle is canceled, it’s also one of the few pleasures we have left. You don’t have to be a svelt, REI-clad yuppy to enjoy a hike. 

There are plenty of hikes relatively close to Seattle that are remote enough for social distancing, and smoking weed. Some can be reached by bus, and some require an hour or less of a drive, but all are accessible for beginning hikers and good for getting high. We’ve done the legwork- here are five of the best weed smoking hikes near Seattle.

        1. Big Finn Hill Park

This Eastside gem is accessible by bus, and while it is heavily trafficked, it also features nearly 10 miles of trails, and 220-acres of nature to spread out and socially distance and get high in. The trails here also connect with Saint Edward State Park, which takes you all the way to the lake. So if you want to swim after getting all sweaty hiking you can, though that would be a very long hike, depending on where you enter.   

        2. Spring Lake/Lake Desire Park – Echo Mountain

This three-mile trail provides a lot of bang for your buck. You’ve got views, bogs, lakes, and even a boat launch for the paddlers. It’s conveniently located for South Seattleiettes and features a lot of rare native plants that you can get high and stare at for an inordinate amount of time. Nature doesn’t judge you for your unpracticed social skills.

         3. Green to Cedar River Trail

This one is for all my public transit people! Don’t let a lack of a car keep you inside all summer. You can reach this Maple Valley trailhead on bus routes 143, 168, and 912. This forested, paved path is 5.86 miles roundtrip. The path continues on to trails for Lake Wilderness, The Lake Wilderness Arboretum, and the Maple Valley Community Center. This trail becomes the Lake Wilderness Trail, which you can take to Kent Kangley, and Black Diamond. All this space to explore, social distance, and get really high.

         4. Point Defiance Park

Yes, it’s in Tacoma, but Point Defiance rules! It’s such a good park. It has everything! Nearly 15 miles of trails weaving through the forested area of the park, botanical gardens, and even a beach. Owen’s Beach is a large, crowded beach that will not be the best for social distancing when it’s hot. It’s the best beach in Tacoma, everyone goes there. And Pierce County isn’t really into the whole ‘wear a mask so you don’t kill people’ thing. But, you can walk down the beach until you find seclusion, or find plenty of seclusion in the back trails. As far as week smoking hikes go, I’ve never been to Point Defiance and not smelled someone smoking weed as far as I can remember. It’s worth the drive down to Tacoma for this wonderful hike! 

      5. Discovery Park

This one feels like a cheat because of course everyone knows about Discovery Park. But also, how could I possibly leave Discovery Park off this list? If there’s a list about Seattle parks, Discovery Park should probably be on it. Discovery Park really is an ideal place to get high in nature and avoid humans. It’s spacious meadows, forests, and beaches provide plenty of room to spread out while enjoying the outdoors. The parking lot remains closed, but you can park nearby and walk in, or find another way to get there. With over 500 acres, this id the ideal park for all your stoned anti-social needs. 

 

The world actually feels like it’s ending. Tyranny, a pandemic, and a burgeoning racial uprising met with increased police brutality make 2020 feel like the year that’s going to bring on the end times. But nothing can give you a moment of peace like getting off your screen and into nature. Living in the city makes that difficult, but luckily, we live in a region with some truly excellent parks. Make enjoying them a priority, it’s self-care. 

 

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