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Lets be realistic... This is a trail in the middle of an urban area. This is not a secluded nature tail in the mountains. So given its urban location, this is one of the best trails to take to get outside and enjoy fresh air and exercise. Double thumbs up. Except there are no potties at the SeaTac entrance. That's a bummer.
This trail is absolutely gorgeous! I highly recommend it! It took my bf and I 1h50 to get to the summit and 1h15 to come back down. Although it is marked as hard if you are in a ok shape you'll be perfectly fine. Lots of switchbacks and a gentle and constant climb, a little steeper at the end but very manageable. I highly recommend microspikes, as it gets icy quickly and people without them were struggling. The view at the top is simply stunning, and lots of grey jays hanging around in search for food. It's my favorite hike so far within 45 min of Seattle, and there are lots of people which I find reassuring if you're climbing solo.
Love this hike. I did it twice in 3 days! Its a steep climb uphill but the views at the top are more than worth it. I went in January and the trail was very icy. I used microspikes which were incredibly helpful (not sure it would have been possible without them). When I did the hike on a Saturday, there were about 10 people at the top while I was there. When I did the hike on a holiday Monday, I was the only one at the top for 30 minutes! It was beautiful.
A pleasant location to get out and see nature. Easily accessible for all. I encountered young children, elderly, and wheelchair bound explorers on the main trails around the ponds. During the months of November and December follow the signs to watch the Salmon Spawning in the McLane Creek. The weather isn't always the best for hiking at this time of year, but to see the salmon makes it worth the discomfort.
If you are in Tumwater, this is worth the stop. The falls are more like a tourist attraction than a hike. Paved parking lot, handicap accessible at the upper falls, good for all ages and fitness levels. Late summer, early autumn visitors can see the salmon try to jump the falls to get upstream for spawning. My kids enjoyed it.
The sign in the parking lot had a map and brief description of the area and trails. I hiked the 1.5 mile forest loop trail that consist of boardwalks, stairs, and ground. It is well maintained. Looking out at the Puget Sound from the Woodard Bay peninsula was my highlight. It was very peaceful. Numerous waterfowl and a couple harbor seals seemed to be the only things moving. I walked back 3/4 mile on Whitham Road to the parking lot. This road is blocked off to vehicular traffic and is ideal for strollers, wheelchairs, and anyone who doesn't want to walk in the woods but likes nature. I then drove across the bridge to the Chehalis Western Trail parking lot. Overlook Trail is a 1 mile crushed rock that starts at this parking lot and ends "overlooking" Woodard Bay. Not much more to it today. It was simply nice to be outside in the sunshine. I plan on a return trip this summer when the seals are birthing on the beaches of this conservation area.