West Side Japanese Gulch Trail is a 3.2 mile loop trail located near Mukilteo, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Any one who says this is an easy hike for all levels makes me question if they did the actual loop with the 600+ foot elevation gain. There are a lot of trails out there (like so many areas in the PNW). I'm in moderately decent shape and this hike brought my 10 day/4 hike total to 12 miles, with 3 of the 4 falling into the moderate category. This solidly falls into moderate.
If you're doing the full loop on the map you'll starting off heading to the left of the dog park, on a gravel road/trail. I'm not a fan of such chunky gravel so I probably wouldn't do this one again because it made up about a third of the trail. I'm not sure if what we saw was an actual waterfall but the stream was lovely.
When you get to a pretty obvious end of the gravel trail you head up left through a white gate and that puts you on a proper muddy northwest wooded trail. It also puts you directly under the Boeing flight path. I think 6-8 planes flew over us on the way back.
I believe there were two downed trees on this part. At approximately mile 2.5 and another near the end. In fall/winter this trail is very muddy so wear sturdy shoes/boots.
Nice hike, great for all skill levels. Easy to get lost even following the map online. Many side trails along the main trail. We entered through the West side of the Gulch which was a better workout with incline. Nice stream and mini waterfall. My mini Schnauzer hiked with us and he loved it too, well maintained. Only down fall there are no signs took keep you on the "loop"
Easy to get lost but nice fun little hike.
Good hike, nice scenery, however in an earlier review the person says the path comes to a "y" and to take a left to go down to the falls.... We didn't read this ahead of time, so we took a right... The trail is not marked, and there are a lot of crisscrossing paths and "y's" along the way. We ended up on about a 4 1/2 mile hike, and had to use the GPS to navigate our way back to the car. all in all it was a good hike....took about an hour and a half to two hours. Itwould be nice if the trail was marked a little bit better.
I think we may have gotten a bit lost, or the trail is supposed to loop and you end up back on the trial that you already walked on; either way we enjoyed the scenery.
This was an easy hike in comparison to Bridal Veils, Cherry Creek, and Twin Falls. 5 minutes into the hike you'll reach a fork. If you go left, you'll see the "waterfall" and then you can loop around back to the dog park. Not sure that I would call that a waterfall. That way was just under 2 miles. There's some heavy construction going on there as well.
Very muddy, right by a busy road so be careful leaving dogs off leash. The river is pretty and there's a dirt road trail and more of an actual trail. Lots of dogs because it does start at a dog trail, would be great for biking as well