I started from the west end of the May creek Trail, at Trailwind in the neighborhood, and it was a great run through a trail where I saw only two people but it wasn't as soggy as a lot of the trail runs I've done during our very wet fall. Couldn't see the water much, but a pretty run through the hills and about 2.5 miles up to SE 89th PL and back with mild elevation change.
01/09/2016 (Tuesday) -- This is a local trail with very light traffic in most times, but the trail is mostly in good conditions with a pleasant environment, better in chilly/sunny winter days than in warm but wet spring or summer days. This was a major railroad that linked Newcastle to Renton and Seattle in late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is not much used by local residents, still less by people outside this area.
Merry B. on May Creek Trail
This is a great hike if you don't want to have to drive far. We parked at Lake Boren Park in Newcastle. The trail wasn't crowded. We had three dogs with us, and there was plenty of room. There was a nice view of the creek way down below, sometime we will return and try to figure out how to get down there. The path was green and pretty, along the edge of some neighborhoods, but still quiet and peaceful. The bonus of still being in town: frozen yogurt afterwards! A very satisfying afternoon.