Carkeek Park | Perfect PNW Beach Family Photo Location

toddler holding hands with his mom and older sister as they walk along the beach.

Located in the northwest corner of Seattle, Carkeek Park is a hidden gem and a beautiful representation of a PNW beach. This 216-acre urban oasis offers stunning views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, making it the perfect backdrop for your next family photo session.

Family of 7 is sitting on a log at Carkeek Park on the beach with the Puget Sound in the background.

Trails and Scenic Views at Carkeek Park

Carkeek Park boasts a network of hiking trails that wind through lush forests of Douglas fir, cedar, and hemlock trees. The South Ridge Trail offers panoramic views of Puget Sound and the surrounding mountains, while the Piper’s Creek Trail meanders along the creek, providing a peaceful setting for your photos.

Depending on your preferences, we can do some photos on the wooded trails first, and then head over to the beach!

Convenience and Amenities at Carkeek Park

Despite its natural beauty, Carkeek Park is conveniently located just a short drive from downtown Seattle. The park features picnic areas, playgrounds, and beach access, making it a great spot for families to spend a day outdoors. The beach is perfect for beachcombing and exploring tide pools, while the playgrounds provide a fun place for kids to play. And yes, the bathrooms are located near the playground and parking lot!

Tips for Your Visit

To make the most of your visit to Carkeek Park, consider scheduling your family photo session on a weekday to avoid crowds. Free parking is available at the park, but it can fill up quickly on weekends, so arrive early to secure a spot.

Carkeek Park is great as a photography location year round. In the Spring, the trails are turning green and things are budding. In the Summer, we can play in the water at the end of your session. And in the Fall, some of the trees are changing colors. Even on a dreary and gray winter Seattle day, your photos will embody the PNW beautifully. Just add a few layers so you’ll be warm enough!

Things to Consider

It can get windy at the beach, so layers are nice. Also, there is a railroad overpass pedestrian bridge (over a train track) with steps to go down to the beach. This bridge connects the rest of Carkeek Park to the beach on the western side of the railroad tracks. A train track runs along the Puget Sound, and is part of the Pacific Northwest rail corridor. If steps are challenging for your elderly family members, this may not be the family photo location for you.

Schedule Your Photo Session

If Carkeek Park sounds like the perfect spot for your family photos, contact me to book your session. My photography style is natural and relaxed, capturing the true essence of your family. I’ll guide you through fun activities that showcase your connection and love, creating memories you’ll cherish for years to come.

Explore More Seattle Area Locations

If you’re still deciding on a location, check out some other Seattle location below. Whether you choose Carkeek Park or another beautiful spot in or around the city, I’m here to help you capture your family’s magic.

Wallace Swamp Creek Park (Kenmore, WA)

Blyth Park (Bothell, WA)

Gold Creek Pond (Snoqualmie Pass)

Mukilteo Lighthouse Park (Mukilteo, WA)

Edmonds Beach (Edmonds, WA)

Also, check out this post by my colleague, Aleah, on spas in Indianapolis, if you are looking to indulge in some self care!

  1. Alison Bell says:

    Its so good when the kids can just be free in open spaces like this.

  2. Christy says:

    These are so sweet! Gorgeous memories!

  3. I’m so jealous of this gorgeous location! Your work is stunning!

  4. Ashlie says:

    Such a beautiful PNW location! This family looks like they are having so much fun at their photo session.

  5. Molly Dercolo says:

    What a stunning location! A great option for families for sure.

  6. Virginia says:

    This family is SO cute!! I absolutely love it! I’m sure its such a delight for them to have these memories.

  7. Carkeek Park looks like the best place for family photos. This family is adorable and your images stunning.

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