Trail to Treasure

Take a Free Guided Tour of the Trail to Treasure!

Pioneer Square is the historic birthplace of Seattle. After initially landing on blustery Alki Point in current day West Seattle, the Denny Party moved inland to settle on the calmer tideflats of Pioneer Square. It was here that fellow settler Doc Maynard suggested that the burgeoning village be named Seattle, after his friend Chief Sealth. Doc Maynard also convinced an entrepreneur named Henry Yesler to locate his sawmill at the settlement’s shoreline on Elliott Bay. It was here that Yesler’s Mill jump-started the economy, which spurred Seattle’s growth from a frontier town into a bustling city. These earliest beginnings are Seattle’s proud heritage, and is evident throughout Pioneer Square to this day.

The Trail to Treasure follows the people who settled here – many of whom have become local legends and takes you on an exploration of Seattle’s early history, in the neighborhood where it all began – Pioneer Square. Get to know the stories of the special places and events that helped shape the development of Pioneer Square, the city of Seattle, and the greater Puget Sound region.

Free drop-in walking tours of the Trail to Treasure begin in the summer from June through September. This year, one-hour Trail to Treasure guided walks start June 7th and end September 3rd. The walks will be offered Wednesdays-Fridays 2pm, Saturday-Sunday 11am and 2pm (limited to groups of 12 per tour). There will be a sign-up sheet at the front desk on the day of each tour.

The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

The tour begins at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (319 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104). Call the Klondike Gold Rush NHP at (206) 220-4240 or email for more information.

Historical Walking Trail & Waysides

Find a Trail to Treasure walking map at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Both visitor centers are located in Pioneer Square and are great places to start your historical tour.

In 2013, the first round of Trail to Treasure wayside exhibits were installed in sidewalks throughout Pioneer Square. These informational panels feature historical photos and facts that give pedestrians the opportunity to see the urban environment around them as it once was.

Whether you come across a wayside or start at the first point on the Trail to Treasure walking map, we’re excited to have you explore the history of the neighborhood and of Seattle!

More on Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is a visitor center that preserves the story of the 1897 Klondike Gold Rush. The Klondike has also hosted summer Trail to Treasure walking tours which have been tremendously popular. See tour schedule for 2023 above.