60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma
by Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens (Menasha Ridge Press)
© 2016 Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
My wife and I picked this trail as it was fairly close to the house and we were taking the kids. Overall we were presently surprised at the area and trail. The trail starts out at a rather large park and the park is worth a visit in it’s own right. There is also a Vista deck and a small trail that is fun to visit also. The small trail takes you to a platform that gives you a great view of the other side of the dam (I think the outlet side). The hike down is easy, but the hike up is a decent grade and may be difficult for people of limited ability. The Rim trail is on the other side of the chain link fence and is shared with Mountain Bikers, which did not present a problem. The trail will empty out on to 3 roads and if you continue the trail to it’s end will end in a major road about (2miles) If your desire is to go to the water, then I am told you take the second road you come across down. We have not done that, but this trail does deserve a revisit to check that out. Will let you know what we found there.
This is a decent trail with small elevation changes. It's well marked with 1/2 mile markers along with a outhouse about a half a mile down the trail. It does get a bit confusing because the trail crosses a gravel road a few times, having a map of the trail would have been useful at those times. There's not much for views either. You can get to the trail without having to have the gate open. Right before you get to the park you can pull off and walk down a road that meets up with the trail.
this trail was actually a lot nicer than i expected. it's a fairly easy hike, small elevation changes near the river but nothing major. you only get close to the river at the end of the trail, but it's worth it to walk on the dried-up lake bed. totally neat. the park doesn't open till 9 am though, and isn't open on weekends until april.
Closed on Weekends. Are you kidding? What a joke. Waste of my time driving an hour to get there.
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