List of Trails from A-Z
NE 145th St and 40th Ave NE to Bothell Way and 96th Ave NE Lake Forest Park WA 98155
The Burke-Gilman Trail runs more than 18 miles from Shilshole Bay in the City of Seattle to the City of Bothell where it intersects the Sammamish River Trail. Part of the "Locks to Lakes Corridor," the BGT is a paved, off-road facility over its entire length with the exception of an on-road segment in Ballard. The trail crosses Ballard, Fremont, Wallingford, the University District and View Ridge within the City of Seattle, as well as the cities of Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and Bothell. The trail is managed by Seattle within the city limits south of Northeast 145th Street and by King County outside Seattle.
The trail follows a historic railroad route near the Lake Washington Ship Canal and north along Lake Washington to the Sammamish River. Along the way it passes the Hiram Chittenden Locks, Fremont Canal Park, Gas Works Park, University of Washington, Magnuson Park, Log Boom Park in Kenmore, Wayne Golf Course in Bothell and Blyth Park in Bothell. King County's best-known regional trail, the BGT is highly popular with cyclists, joggers, skaters and strollers. It is also an important non-motorized route for weekday bicycle commuters between Seattle and the Eastside. The trail provides great access and views of the Ship Canal, Lake Union, Seattle neighborhoods, suburban cities, Lake Washington, and points east via other regional trails.
Length: 18.8 miles. Surface - Paved with soft surface shoulder.
(Seattle and King County)
Use: All non-motorized uses are permitted except equestrians.
Access: Gasworks Park, Matthews Beach Park, Log Boom Park.
Accessibility: The trail is ADA accessible. Disability access at: Gasworks Park and Log Boom Park.
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156th and 128th SE Renton WA 98055
149th Ave SE and Maple Valley Hwy. to SE 253rd St and Landsburg Rd SE Maple Valley WA 98032
The Cedar River Trail follows the Cedar River from where it enters Lake Washington in the City of Renton upriver to the community of Landsburg at the boundary of the City of Seattle’s Cedar River Watershed. At 17.3 miles in length the CRT is a paved, off-road trail for the first 12.3 miles, and features a soft surface for the last five miles.
The trail follows a historic railroad route between the river and State Route 169, and passes through or near Renton, Maplewood, Cedar Mountain, Maple Valley, and Rock Creek. It offers views and access to Lake Washington, downtown Renton, Cedar River Park, Maplewood Golf Course, Ron Regis Park, Cedar Grove Park, and Maple Valley.
The CRT also provides excellent views and access to the Cedar River along its length. Between Renton and Maple Valley the CRT is popular with bicyclists and skaters and provides both recreational and non-motorized commuting opportunities. At Maple Valley the trail intersects the Green-To-Cedar Rivers Trail, which runs through central Maple Valley, then continues to the more secluded Rock Creek area and onto Landsburg in a wooded river valley. This soft-surface segment is popular with off-road bicyclists, joggers, walkers and equestrians. Parking is provided at both ends of the trail, and at numerous locations along its length.
Length: 17.3 miles. Surface - Paved and soft-surface
Use: All non-motorized uses. Access to equestrians is restricted within Renton City limits.
Access: Parking is available at Nishiwaki Lane at lake Washington, along the trail immediately adjacent to State Route 169, and at Landsburg.
Accessibility: Paved portions (such as at Liberty Park) are ADA accessible; unpaved sections are not. Disability access at Liberty Park.
18201 SE Cougar Mountain Dr Bellevue WA 98027
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is the gem of King County's 25,000 acre park system. Just minutes from Eastside cities such as Bellevue, Newcastle and Issaquah, Cougar Mountain Park provides an excellent example of our region’s unique historical, cultural and natural heritage. Located in the "Issaquah Alps", Cougar Mountain Park preserves important wildlife habitat while offering ample opportunities for recreation.
About the park
Thanks to several key acquisitions, the park, which originally was created by a considerable outpouring of public support, has evolved over time to its current size of 3,100 acres. The park is connected to Squak Mountain State Park by the Cougar-Squak Corridor, which together create a protected area of public land of approximately 5,000 acres.
The park generally lies between 1,000 and 1,595 feet above sea level and features many diverse habitats, such as mature second growth forests, streams and wetlands, and cliffs, talus, and caves. There are sweeping views of the region, including vistas of Lake Sammamish, the Cascades, and Bellevue, Seattle and beyond; other, more densely vegetated areas of the park whisk you away from the sights and sounds of nearby urban development. Hosts of birds are regularly seen at Cougar, along with wildlife such as black bear and bobcats.
Over the years, Cougar Mountain has been home to Native Americans, miners, loggers, and even the US Army! For thousands of years, Native Americans traversed Cougar Mountain to gather wild roots, plants and berries, as well as to hunt game and other animals. Then, when the region began to be settled, miners worked the hills of Cougar Mountain for close to a century, up until the middle of the twentieth century. Logging operations took place during the 1920s, and there was even some small-scale farming, which helped supply miners, loggers, and their families with fresh produce.
In the 1950s and early 60s, two active Nike missile sites were located within the park’s current boundaries, in order to protect the Puget Sound region from potential air attacks. Eventually, these sites were decommissioned, and in the late 1960s, King County took over ownership of the land that would later become Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.
For access see below
8:00 am to dusk
Red Town Trailhead
From I-90: Take Exit 13 and drive south on Lakemont Blvd SE for 3.1 miles. Look for the entrance to the Red Town Trailhead on the left side of the road.
From I-405: Take Exit 10 and follow Coal Creek Pkwy SE for 2.4 miles to the shopping center. Turn left at the light onto SE 72nd Pl and then left again at Newcastle Gold Club Road. Follow that for 1.9 miles. The entrance to Red Town Trailhead is on the right side of the road just after the big bend.
Sky Country Trailhead
From I-90: Take Exit 13 and drive south on Lakemont Blvd SE for 2.5 miles. Turn left on SE Cougar Mountain Way and then right on 166th Way SE. Follow 166th to its end (0.7 mi). On the right is the Sky Country Trailhead parking lot (horse trailer space available).
Anti-Aircraft Peak Trailhead
From I-90: Take Exit 13 and drive south on Lakemont Blvd SE for 2.5 miles. Turn left onto SE Cougar Mountain Way. Follow the double yellow line (the road will first swing left and become 168th Pl SE and then right to become SE 60th St). Turn off 60th St uphill onto the dead end road, SE Cougar Mountain Dr. The road will change to gravel - at the end is the trailhead.
Wilderness Creek Trailhead
From I-90: Take Exit 15 and drive south on Hwy 900 (17th Ave NW and then Renton-Issaquah Road SE) for 3.3. miles. Look for the trailhead sign and an asphalt driveway that goes uphill to the right.
9951 Renton Issaquah Rd SE Issaquah WA 98027
Located in the "Issaquah Alps," Cougar/Squak Corridor Park is just minutes from Eastside cities such as Bellevue and Issaquah.
King County purchased 226 acres in the valley between Cougar and Squak mountains in 2014, with the help of The Trust for Public Land.
The new acreage has been added to existing public lands and creates a 730-acre Cougar/Squak Corridor Park that protects the headwaters of a salmon-bearing stream, and features deep forests, hiking trails and more.
The park is located at 10610 Renton Issaquah Rd. SE, Issaquah.
Trail length: Approximately 6.4 miles
Use: hiking, wildlife viewing. Pets must be on leash
Access: Cougar/Squak Corridor Park Trailhead. From I-90: Take Exit 15 and drive south on WA-900 toward Renton for 3.7 miles. Look for the entrance to the Cougar/Squak Corridor Park Trailhead on the left side of the road.
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SW 260th St and 86th Ave SW Vashon WA 98070
Located on Maury Island in Puget Sound, Dockton Forest and Natural Area is managed to protect and enhance ecological values, provide opportunities for low-impact recreation, and demonstrate ecologically sustainable forest management. This site offers forested trails that also linked with the county’s Dockton Park on Quartermaster Harbor with a boat launch, mooring dock, picnic and 275 acre Maury Island Natural Area with nearly one mile of shoreline on Puget Sound.
Access: Dockton Forest and Natural Area is reached via the Vashon Island Ferry from the Fauntleroy Ferry Dock in West Seattle or the Tahlequah Ferry from the Point Defiance Park Terminal in Pierce County. A trailhead with gravel parking that can accommodate horse trailers is located on Dockton Road SW across from Dockton Park. Trail access and shoulder parking is found along SW 260th St and a small gravel parking area is located at 264th St and 94th Ave SW.
Acres: 107 acres ( Dockton Forest is 63 acres, Dockton Natural Area is 44 acres)
Use: Hiking, equestrian and mountain-biking trails (@ 9 miles)—this should be amended this mileage includes Maury Island Natural Area trails as well.
91st Ave SW & SW 260th St Vashon WA 98070
26700 SE Issaquah Fall City Rd Issaquah WA 98027
Duthie Hill Park is 120 acres of dense evergreen forest located on the Sammamish Plateau. It is connected to more than 2,000 acres of public open space that includes Grand Ridge Park, Mitchell Hill Forest and Preston Ridge Park.
The lush forest of Douglas firs and western hemlocks provides an excellent backdrop for a mountain bike park, which is a CPG project currently under development by Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.
Trail length: Under development
Use: Hiking, mountain biking
Access: From I-90 east, take Exit 18, East Sunset Way - Highlands Drive. Stay left on Highlands Drive and follow for 2.1 miles. Turn right onto Issaquah-Fall City Road and follow for 2 miles. At Endeavor Elementary School, take a right on to Issaquah-Fall City Rd. The parking lot will be located on your left (North side of the road). The lot accommodates 74 vehicles.
NE Redmond Way and Avondale Rd NE to Rainier Blvd N and NW Gilman Blvd Sammamish WA 98029
The East Lake Sammamish Trail follows a historic railroad route along the eastern shore of Lake Sammamish within the cities of Redmond, Sammamish and Issaquah. Part of the “Locks to Lakes Corridor,” the trail is approximately 11 miles long and follows an off-road corridor along the lake and through lakeside communities. The existing “interim” soft-surface trail provides excellent views of the lake and Cascade foothills, and is popular with off-road bicyclists, joggers, walkers and other users. The ELST will be upgraded in phases to become a fully paved facility with soft-surface shoulders.
Access to the northern end of the ELST is off Northeast 70th Street in Redmond, near the east side of King County’s Marymoor Park. The trail continues south through Sammamish to Issaquah. The trail is also accessible at numerous locations along its route, although no formal parking areas are currently provided. The ELST intersects with the Issaquah-Preston Trail in Issaquah near I-90, which provides a paved connection east within the Mountains to Sound Greenway Corridor.
Length: 10.8 miles. Surface - Paved and crushed rock
Use: No equestrian use is allowed. All other non-motorized uses are permitted.
Access: NE 65th, 187th Avenue NE, Inglewood Hill Road, west of NE 7th Street, SE 8th Street, SE 33rd Street, Gilman Boulevard.
Parking, access points and restrooms along the trail (PDF)
Accessibility: Due to the crushed rock surface, the trail is not readily accessible to people in wheelchairs.
37000 190th Ave SE Auburn WA 98092
The 922-acre Green River Natural Area extends slightly north from the edge of the Enumclaw Plateau. It is about seven miles east of Auburn along State Route 164 and roughly six miles northwest of Enumclaw. The natural area is comprised of the former Metzler, O'Grady and Green River Waterway Parks all adjacent to the Green River. The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) acquired the parcels between 1973 and 2003 with funds from a variety of sources.
Steep valley walls and a broad valley floor combine to create rich mosaics of plant communities that characterize the natural area. Mixed forest and deciduous upland forests cover much of the valley wall, with several forested and scrub-shrub wetlands nestled in the benches. Gallery cottonwood forests, deciduous forests, meadows (old pasture/agricultural fields), and forested, scrub-shrub, and emergent wetlands are common on the valley bottom. Native plant installation and invasive plant control enhancement efforts have occurred along with streambed restoration projects focused on improving salmonid habitat. Several of these wetlands form the headwaters of short tributaries to the Green River. The lower reaches of the wall-based streams in this area are utilized for spawning by coho and chum, and rearing by chinook, coho, chum and winter steelhead. Cutthroat trout have also been reported.
Visitors to Green River Natural Area engage in activities such as walking, bicycling, nature observation and horseback riding, as well as fishing and river running activities such as rafting, tubing and kayaking. The O'Grady public access point is 500 ft. N. of the intersection of SE 373rd ST and 188th Ave. SE, Auburn, and the Metzler public access point is via a gravel road on the south side of SE Green Valley Rd. 2mi. west of its intersection with 218th Ave. The other sections of the natural area have little use due to limited access. The site is managed for the protection of its ecological value. Public access that does not harm the ecological value of the site is accommodated.
The Green River Natural Area Site Management Guidelines are available in Adobe Acrobat format. For help using Acrobat files, please visit our Acrobat help page.
Green River Natural Area Map
6800 Fort Dent Way to 104th Ave SE and SE 316th St Tukwila WA 98168
The Green River Trail winds more than 19 miles from Cecil Moses Park near Seattle’s south boundary to North Green River Park in south Kent near Auburn.
The GRT follows the Green River through industrial lands near the Duwamish Waterway in Tukwila to the broad Green River Valley. The trail provides excellent views and access to the Green River and surrounding river valley. The trail is paved over its entire length with some low-volume roadway segments. To the north the GRT follows the river along a riverside landscape and past industrial areas and manicured office parks. Near Fort Dent Park the GRT intersects the northern end of the Interurban Trail then meanders south down the river valley. Office buildings and suburban warehouse landscapes give way to open fields and hedgerows as the trail winds its way along the river. Entering Kent near Brisco Park, the GRT continues past the Green River Valley Natural Resources Area and through the Riverbend Golf Complex. At its south end the trail again intersects the Interurban Trail at Foster Park.
The GRT links industrial lands to pastoral landscapes, parks, communities, and river views. Ideal for recreational journeys and nonmotorized commuting, the trail is highly popular with a variety of user groups. In the future the trail is slated to continue south through the City of Auburn and eventually to Flaming Geyser State Park at the Green River Gorge.
Length: 19.6 miles. Surface - Completed portions of the Green River Trail are paved with soft shoulders.
Use: All non-motorized uses. Access to equestrians is limited on some portions.
Accessibility: When completed will be fully accessible for persons with disabilities.
Access: Please consult our Park Locator, or Regional Trails Map to find the nearest access.
SE 256th St and Lake Wilderness Dr. SE to SE 288th St and Hwy 169 Maple Valley WA 98038
The Green to Cedar Rivers Regional Trail Project will create a north-south connection for cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians, weaving through the best of an exceptional landscape connecting South County communities to rivers, lakes, creeks and natural areas. This trail will improve a section of existing soft-surface trail to a full standard shared-use trail and eventually extend it, connecting the Cedar River Trail to Flaming Geyser State Park on the Green River. The trail alignment generally follows the historic railroad line from Maple Valley to Lake Sawyer Park in Black Diamond. From there, the alignment heads south through future residential neighborhoods to the Green River. Along the way, the trail route passes by Lake Wilderness, Lake Sawyer and the Black Diamond Natural Area, providing access to these important regional parks.
The Green to Cedar Rivers Trail Project will:
• Provide a multi-use paved trail that is accessible for people of all ages and abilities
• Provide a continuous equestrian facility in the trail corridor
• Offer an exceptional trail experience characterized by forests, streams and meadows
• Provide road crossings that meet current safety standards
• Minimize impacts to sensitive environmental areas
• Provide improved non-motorized access to parks, neighborhoods and commercial areas in the communities of unincorporated South King County, Black Diamond and Maple Valley
• Complete missing segments of the regional trail network
The vision for the trail was originally proposed in the 1992 King County Regional Trails Plan, and was entitled the “Maple Valley-Flaming Geyser Trail”. The County has been in discussion about the trail vision with the Cities of Black Diamond, Maple Valley, and Covington, as they are primary stakeholders within the corridor. In 2012 King County conducted a feasibility for the trail corridor that identified key opportunities and constraints for future development. Funding for the preliminary design of the entire corridor and construction of the North Segment was proposed as part of the list of projects in the 2014-2019 King County Parks Levy.
King County is scheduled to conduct preliminary design, permitting, environmental review and public outreach for the entire corridor in 2015 and 2016. Final design and bidding is expected to take place during 2016 and 2017, with trail construction beginning in 2017.
King County will reach out to members of the public and other project stakeholders to share information about the project and encourage feedback on trail design. In addition to public meetings, King County will keep the community informed with website updates, newsletters, email alerts, press releases, and public meetings to interested groups and individuals. The first set of public meetings is planned for fall of 2015.
Project Manager: Linda Frkuska
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SW 188th St and 115th Ave SW Vashon WA 98070
Located in the center of Vashon Island, Island Center Forest is a 363-acre working forest and nature preserve that is managed to demonstrate sustainable forest management while protecting and restoring the health of the site's habitat. The property is owned and managed by King County Parks in collaboration with community partners who make up the Friends of Island Center Forest, a diverse group that includes the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust, Vashon Forest Stewards, Vashon–Maury Island Audubon, equestrians, and outdoor enthusiasts, among many other community members.
Island Center Forest features various forest stands, the Mukai Pond and Meadowlake wetlands, and meadows and forms the headwaters of Judd Creek. Island Center Forest provides habitat for a variety of wildlife, including more than 70 bird species.
There are more than nine miles of trails that are used by hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers. The wetlands are popular for bird watching and wildlife photography.
Trail length: 9 miles
Use: Hiking, equestrians, mountain biking, nature observation
Access: There is a parking lot and trailhead off of SW Cemetery Rd on 115th Ave SW. Parking is very limited on 115th Ave SW off of SW Bank Rd. You can access the trails just north of the transfer station on Westside Highway. Parking for horse trailers can be found at SW 188th St and 107th Ave SW.
8215 SW 260th St Vashon, WA 98070
Located on the southeast shore of Maury Island on lands formerly operated as a sand and gravel mine, the Maury Island site is now a 275-acre open space area under the stewardship of King County Parks. The site contains pure Madrone forests and habitat that supports endangered species such as chinook salmon, orca and bull trout. The site’s nearly one mile of shoreline is the longest undeveloped stretch of Puget Sound shoreline in King County. When combined with the nearby 320-acre Maury Island Marine Park, the two sites represent the largest public holding of protected marine shoreline in all of Puget Sound.
Citizen activists and environmental groups fought plans for mine expansion and advocated for public acquisition of the site. The land was purchased from CalPortland in December 2010, with the involvement of the Cascade Land Conservancy (CLC). Acquisition funding was from the King County Conservation Futures Tax, Washington State Department of Ecology ASARCO Settlement fund and an amendment to CalPortland’s existing royalty agreement for another mining site. In addition, CLC, People For Puget Sound, Preserve Our Islands, Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust and Washington Environmental Council have begun a fundraising campaign to help conserve the site.
Due to previous mining activity and the site's location within the historic Tacoma Smelter plume, plans for land reclamation and soil remediation will be an integral part of site management planning. Future planning efforts will identify appropriate site improvements, such as trail improvements, water access, restroom facilities, picnic areas and parking. Officially selecting and designating a new name for the site will also be part of the public participation process.
For more information about the acquisition visit the press release.
Access: The park can be reached from Seattle by the Fauntleroy-Vashon ferry and from Tacoma by the Point Defiance-Tahlequah ferry. Once on Maury Island, head south on Dockton Road SW, east on SW 260th St. There is no formal access or parking on site, but non-motorized access is allowed via the gated maintenance road.
Draft Site Management Plan
Soil Cleanup FAQ
Tentative Cleanup Timeline
Department of Ecology Clean-up
For more information, contact Connie Blumen, Natural Resources Land Manager.
5405 SW 244th St Vashon WA 98070
SE 276th and 472nd SE Enumclaw WA 98022
Pinnacle Peak Park is a 256-acre volcanic cone that rises straight out of the Enumclaw farmlands and straight down to the White River. Also known locally as Mt. Peak, and even Mt. Pete, Pinnacle Peak is one of the most popular hikes for Enumclaw and South county families. A one-mile long forested trail climbs 1000-vertical feet to the top of the 1800-foot geological knob. Once you get to the top, you will see extruded outcroppings of columnar basalt, concrete footings of an old fire lookout and best of all, spectacular views from the south side of Mt Rainier and the White River valley.
The trail is named for Cal Magnusson, a long time Cascade mountaineer who worked at REI for 25 years with famed mountain climber Jim Whittaker. A recent acquisition of 83 acres on the south side of the park provides another access to the peak along gravel roads and even more spectacular views along the way. The new acquisitions also present an opportunity to develop an equestrian trail and other recreation amenities.
Trail length: 2 miles
Use: Hiking – Steep climb from the north on the Cal Magnuson trail and easier access from the south side.
51st Ave S and S 309th St Auburn WA 98001
224th Ave NE and NE 112th St Redmond WA 98053
232nd Ave NE and NE 162nd St Duvall WA 98077
Ring Hill Forest is a King County working resource land. The property lies west of West Snoqualmie Valley Rd. near its intersection with NE Woodinville-Duvall Rd. and to the east of 232nd Ave NE near its intersection with NE 147th St. Working resource lands play an important role in sustaining agriculture and forestry activities by creating contiguous tracts of working forest and agriculture lands, educating the public about working landscapes, and providing limited passive use recreation opportunities.
Ring Hill Forest is 320 acres of rural forestland located on the western valley wall above the Snoqualmie River. The forest slopes from the plateau in the west steeply to the Snoqualmie Valley floor to the east. Ring Hill was acquired to conserve rural forestlands, provide a buffer between rural residential development and agricultural uses in the Snoqualmie Valley, and provide revenue while demonstrating sustainable forestry. The land was originally harvested in 1911 and again between 1962 and 1965. The stand was primarily high-graded, leaving undersized, deformed, and diseased coniferous trees. The Ring Hill Forest Stewardship Plan is focused on creating a diverse, vigorous, and healthy forest that provides habitat as well as revenue.
The Ring Hill Forest Stewardship Plan and associated maps are available in Adobe Acrobat format. For help using Acrobat files, please visit our Acrobat help page.
96th Ave NE and NE Bothell Way to 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE Woodinville WA 98072
The Sammamish River Trail runs 10.9 miles along the Sammamish River from Bothell to Marymoor Park in Redmond as part of the “Locks to Lakes Corridor.”
The SRT is paved its entire length and is one of King County’s most popular regional trails. The trail offers extraordinary views of the river, the broad Sammamish River Valley, Cascade foothills and Mt. Rainier. Bicyclists, joggers, skaters, walkers, and others enjoy the trail as a regional recreation resource.
The SRT is also used extensively by commuters as a non-motorized corridor between suburban cities and Seattle. A separate soft-surface path runs parallel to the trail between Woodinville and Marymoor Park and provides access for equestrians. Starting at its intersection with the Burke-Gilman Trail near Blyth Park in the City of Bothell, the SRT continues east and south through Woodinville and Redmond, passing Bothell Landing, Sammamish River Park, Wilmot Gateway Park in Woodinville, Northshore Athletic Fields, Woodinville’s wineries and breweries, Sixty Acres Park, and Redmond City Hall and parks before entering King County’s Marymoor Park. A trail extension connects the trail with the East Lake Sammamish Trail via Marymoor Park. The trail also provides access to the Power Line and the Bear Creek Trails in Redmond.
Length: 10.9 miles. Surface - Paved with soft surface shoulder.
Use: Equestrians are allowed on the Sammamish River Trail between NE 175th St in Woodinville to Marymoor Park and a separate soft surface equestrian trail exists. All other non-motorized uses are permitted on the trail.
Accessibility: The trail is ADA accessible except for two short sections that have grades below standards (one located just east of 96th Ave NE in Bothell, and the other located just north of NE 145th St. Disability access at: Wilmot Park and Redmond City Hall.
Access: Blyth Park, Bothell Landing, Jerry Wilmot Park, 60-Acre Park, and Marymoor Park.
NE 205th St and Hwy 203 to Cedar Falls Rd SE and SE 192nd St Carnation WA 98014
The Snoqualmie Valley Trail offers the opportunity to get out and explore one of the most beautiful agricultural valleys in the region.
The trail meanders past working farms as well as preserved open space areas, and connects to the cross-state John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Iron Horse State Park. Points of interest include Tolt-MacDonald Park, Meadowbrook Farm, Three Forks Natural Area and the Tokul Trestle.
Length: 31.5 miles
Use: All non-motorized use.
Accessibility: Due to the crushed rock surface, the trail is not readily accessible to wheelchairs.
25992 NE 8th St Sammamish WA 98053
Named in 2001 by a second grader at Samantha Smith Elementary School, Soaring Eagle Regional Park is 600 acres of mature forests, wetlands, and wildlife habitat. Formerly Washington State school trust land known as Section 36, Soaring Eagle sits above Patterson Creek on the edge of the Sammamish Plateau along the western flank of the Snoqualmie River Valley. This natural area provides sanctuary for black bear, bobcat, black tail deer and more than 40 species of birds.
There are twelve miles of trails that are regularly used by hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. The Pipeline Trail that crosses through the park is wide and flat – in fact, it is quite common to see families with baby strollers out enjoying the trail. Soaring Eagle is also popular for trail running competitions.
King County Parks partners with groups like Friends of Soaring Eagle, the Boy Scouts, and hiking and biking enthusiasts, who volunteer to help us maintain the trails and preserve the park’s natural heritage.
Trail length: 12 miles
Use: hiking, equestrian, mountain biking
140th Way SE and Hwy 169 to SE 266th St and 148th SE Kent WA 98042
The Soos Creek Trail features a gentle grade in a natural setting suitable for leisurely strolls, bicycle rides and horse rides. A Connection to the Lake Youngs Trail (9 miles, unpaved) can be made along SE 216th St corridor.
Length: 6 miles. Surface - Paved with soft shoulder. A separate soft surface trail for equestrians exists along some portions of the trail.
Use: All non-motorized use.
Accessibility: While completely paved, there are some grades that do not meet ADA standards.
-SE 192nd Street & 124th Ave SE
-SE 208th Street just east of 135th Ave SE
-SE 249th Street & 148th Ave SE
-SE 266th Street & 148th Ave SE
276th Ave SE and 192nd St or SE 208th St and 295th Pl SE Hobart WA 98038
Acquired by King County in 1997, Taylor Mountain Forest sits on the southwest side of Taylor Mountain, near the community of Hobart in eastern King County. It is a critical habitat link between large tracts of public land that include the City of Seattle's Cedar River Watershed and Tiger Mountain State Forest.
From red alder and black cottonwood to salmonberry and lady fern, Taylor Mountain features a mosaic of forest stands and wetland areas. The park’s 75 wetlands provide high quality habitat for fish and wildlife and important flood storage capacity. Taylor Mountain Forest is also home to two major tributaries of Issaquah Creek, Holder Creek and Carey Creek, which provide more than five miles of spawning and rearing habitat for salmon.
The 1822-acre site is a working forest that King County manages to conserve, protect and restore the health of the area's ecosystems and to demonstrate environmentally sound forest management. Taylor Mountain Forest is also popular for its trails and recreational opportunities.
Access: There is a small gravel lot off of 276th Ave SE near the intersection with SE 188th St. Roadside shoulder parking is also available.
Acreage: 1822 acres
Use: hiking, equestrian, mountain biking
31020 NE 40th St Carnation WA 98014
Enjoy a quick get-out-of-town experience without straying too far! King County Parks' Tolt-MacDonald Park and Campground, which is located in Carnation, just 40 minutes from downtown Seattle and a short drive from Redmond, offers a true recreation destination with a little something for everyone. The 574-acre park sits at the confluence of the Snoqualmie and Tolt Rivers in the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley. A 500-foot suspension foot bridge crosses the Snoqualmie River and offers terrific views of the river and Cascade foothills. During the fall, you can observe spawning salmon in the river below and eagles and osprey soaring above.
Like the park? Stay the weekend! Tolt-MacDonald offers RV, container, tent, and yurt camping for the year-round 'staycation' experience. The park's picnic shelters and beautifully restored barn can be rented for company picnics, weddings, or other special events and the grass ballfields are available for softball, baseball and soccer.
In addition to picnicking and hiking, Tolt-MacDonald is also a favorite destination for exploring trails on foot or mountain bike.
Prior to the white settlement of the Snoqualmie Valley in the late 1850s, the area that currently serves as Tolt-MacDonald Park was one of several large permanent wintering villages that the Snoqualmie Indian Tribes occupied along the Tolt, Snoqualmie, and Raging Rivers.
Development of the park and campground first began in the 1970s, as the vision of Boy Scout Council Chief John MacDonald. In 1976, as one of the nation's largest bicentennial projects, more than 20,000 Boy Scouts spent some five months constructing campsites, picnic tables, and shelters. The suspension bridge was also built at this time by the Army Reserves 409th Engineering Company. Tolt-MacDonald Park was dedicated upon completion of the project, in June 1976.
Park entrance is at NE 40th St and Highway 203 at the south end of Carnation. Day-use and overnight parking is available on-site. No motorized vehicle access on west side of river other than service vehicles.
Park opens at dawn. Gate locked nightly at 10:00 p.m. May thru Labor Day, and at dusk Sept thru April.
walking, nature observation,
camping (tent, yurt, container, RV), mountain biking, river access, picnicking, events
Tolt-MacDonald Park Map
(22 MB pdf)
Northeast 40th Street
For camping reservations