Japanese Gulch Loop Trail

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Japanese Gulch Loop Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mukilteo, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
656 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

Good local hike/walk, some nice views and a fairly well maintained trail. Trails exist on both sides of the train tracks that run through the center. Both sides are probably about 2 miles or so with many side paths. This trail is bike friendly.

3 months ago

Trail splits off in 3 directions 3 times in the first half mile. Had no idea where to go.

hiking
3 months ago

I agree that it would be helpful if the trail was better marked. Lots of places where the trail split and there was no clear indication of where to go. This wouldn't be a big deal except for we brought our young children along and 4 miles is already a stretch let alone going down a path that extends the hike further. However, we enjoyed that the trail was well maintained and it was pretty cool to reach one of the ridges and see a Boeing airplane fly right over our heads.

trail running
3 months ago

This is not a good trail running spot. The trail is not flat and has been carved out by water in a lot of places so the trail has a deep groove and no where flat to step. It would be fine for hiking just not running.

5 months ago

Poor trail and no markings. In several places the trail splits with no indication of where to go. We ended up turning around and leaving.

hiking
5 months ago

Didn't like this hike at all. Cool with the track, but that's pretty much it. (Went there about a week ago).

5 months ago

very poorly marked.

hiking
6 months ago

It was a great hike. Good for all skill levels. I only wish it was better marked.

6 months ago

A great and moderate difficulty hike. Great scenery and quiet even on a hot summer day. We went off course but easily found our way back on the trail. My only critique would be maybe some signs that could point us in the right direction. Otherwise great hike!

hiking
6 months ago

Well maintained, fairly easy to follow trail. It helped using Alpine Quest on my phone to follow the Gulch Loop trail and not accidentally go off on any of the side trails. A nice hike that wasn't took difficult.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful trail and respectful visitors. Loved it

7 months ago

Great spot close by, and nice area of solitude within the city. Will definitely be going back!

8 months ago

A great little hike. Close to home and not crowded. The trains are fun to watch. The tadpoles are out. A little muddy, but not bad. Mountain bikes ride this trail to so keep and eye open.

hiking
8 months ago

Just did this hike today, it was very muddy and the trail was hard to follow thanks to poor signage. We got turned around several times and ended up going up/down hills unnecessarily several times. It's listed as 3.3 miles but we ended up doing 5.5. It was a fun trail overall though, lots of birds, quiet, almost no traffic and my dog loved it. I'd do it again, now that I know the trail route a little better I don't think I'd get as turned around again.

hiking
8 months ago

The third boardwalk is out but you can still get down to the Gulch by starting the other direction (north of dog park) taking gravel path by the railroad. That was disappointing and better signage would helpful.

However, the waterfalls were pretty and there were many blooming bleeding hearts and salmon berry bushes! A nice path of woods not far out.

hiking
9 months ago

This trail is fairly easy (somewhere between easy and moderate) overall. The east side of the loop is much better defined than the west side of the loop. Its much easier to take wrong turn on the west side leading to a muddy dead end resulting in having to loop back.

My Garmin tracked my trip as 3.7 miles and the climb at around 770 ft. (I know that I took a couple of wrong turns on the west side of the trail.) There are few few signs pointing to the right direction (points off for this shortcoming) but it seems that all roads get you to the destination. On the plus side, you don't have to walk very far along the trails to feel like you are out in the wilderness.

A good hike to do once, but I wouldn't take the time to do it again.

9 months ago

I only went partway in but I really enjoyed the hike definitely wouldn't classify it easy because of roots/downed trees/broken bridge so I wouldn't recommend young children. there is flat path portion that runs along the creek that is very easy though. I'll visit again :)

trail running
9 months ago

This trail is ranked as "easy" but I'd say, at least on some of the routes, moderate. My friend and I managed to run it in such a way that we had considerable climbing. There were some pretty sloppy parts, but also considering the season the higher parts of the trail were in pretty good shape. Par for the course in terms of conditions, overall great for trail running!

hiking
9 months ago

About half a mile into the trail there are 6 or 7 trees down blocking the path. Also, one of the wood ramps is broken from a tree falling on it. We turned around and went to Mukilteo Beach.

9 months ago

Muddy buy definitely a good easy hike

11 months ago

It was a little muddy. The trail is not exact and at the half way point it was tough to navigate but it was still fun!!

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