Lake Youngs

Renton, Washington 98058

Lake Youngs

Lake Youngs Professional Review and Guide

"With more than 9 miles of chain-link fence lining the trail and numerous KEEP OUT and NO TRESPASSING signs posted, Lake Youngs might feel like something out of an X Files episode. However, the mellow, perfectly mannered terrain is excellent for first-time off-road cyclists. Climbing is minimal, and nearly all the gravel and dirt trails are smooth and easy to navigate.

Riding next to a chain-link fence for 9 miles sort of defeats the purpose of getting back to nature, but this trail will not be destroyed by development like its neighbor, Lake Desire. Lake Youngs is part of the Seattle water system, which keeps it protected from urban sprawl. It also means, however, that the lake is completely fenced in and hidden behind a wall of thick, lush sword ferns, cedar trees and other evergreens, huckleberries, and big-leaf maples. Riders never get the slightest view of the lake, but deer are common behind the fence. Trail surface: Gravel access road and dual track."

Lake Youngs Reviews

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Biking partner lives close to this trail so we have done a few times just for the exercise. While the whole path is over loose to hard dirt it is a ride that can be done on a cross-bike. There are a few large hills to climb including one that you most like will walk up unless you are going around the trail in a counter-clockwise direction. This trail is good for hiking and horse-back riding also. If you go during the right time of the year you may also see large deer in the fenced area around the lake.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
1.5 to 2.5 hours
Year-round; best May through October
King County Parks
Local Contacts
Washington Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Maple Valley, Black Diamond
Local Maps

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Jul 2018