Duwamish River Trail
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About this spot
The Duwamish consists of the 12 miles connecting Washington State’s Green River and Seattle’s Elliott Bay on Puget Sound, and while it tends to be an overlooked destination it is quite interesting. The indigenous tribes, the Dkhw’Duw’Absh people (anglicized as Duwamish), had been living there at least as long as the sixth century. Now the river basin is the heart of Seattle’s industrial, commercial, and shipping area. As a result it is a stark representation of the clash between people and nature. There are parks here and there, scattered among old piers, factories, rusting barges, and tugs. The sounds of birds do get drowned out by the cars and trains, but on my visit the Canadian geese were coming through and were everywhere. Despite the pollution that continues to be a challenge, it is still an important habitat for salmon and trout.
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