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West Hylebos Wetlands Trail

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West Hylebos Wetlands Park

West Hylebos Wetlands Trail is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Federal Way, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 55 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

no dogs

Very easy and beautiful. Watch out for slugs on the path! Don’t squish them!

17 days ago

Buildings closed temporarily due to Coved. Wonderful hike with daughter and grandchildren ages 2 and 4 years old. Will definitely be back!

hiking
1 month ago

Nothing special. A decent walk in the middle of the suburbs.

over grown
1 month ago

Some parts of the trail have been taken over by the mud. a little difficult to go through with a stroller. Tires will be dirty. This was over all a good walk.

nature trips
muddy
1 month ago

A really nice small trail with regard to length. Forested with wetlands. Most of the trail is board walk. Careful, board walk is a little slippery in wet weather. Great for small children. Some mud, but that will be gone in a month or so.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail and kids friendly trail; after 1/4 of mile, it is a boardwalk and remains like that the entire loop. You can take the stroller on the trail. I was overall a bit disappointed from animal standpoint. No frogs, no snakes. We saw two three kinds of birds (nothing special). Flora and fauna is something you can go to this trail for. The entire trail was flooded with false lilies of the valley and large trees like Douglas fir, sitka spruce, big leaf maple. The lake at the end was also so so. There is no elevation gain as such. Very easy first few hikes for your young baby.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Great for kids. A couple of muddy areas near the water part. We loved finding some painted rocks and there was a trading post. Stroller friendly

hiking
3 months ago

Limited parking. Dogs are not allowed. Walk and scenery are okay.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Garbage, no parking

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

I take my daughter (18m) here often. We’ve only ever made the whole hike once but I don’t mind. It’s an easy space to get her out of the house. We watch the birds and a few bunnies sometimes while also gather rocks. Sometimes there are painted rocks along the trail we collect and then put back into the shelf near the sign in board.

no shade
scramble
washed out
6 months ago

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hiking
muddy
6 months ago

Pretty slippery boardwalk, but overall a nice little walk. About 2 miles in length & ends with a private property, so you have to turn around but there are some nice views of the lake and it feels nice to be in a wooded type area in the city.

walking
muddy
7 months ago

Quick and easy little trail, 90% stroller accessible , be mindful of the fact that boardwalk gets slippery when wet! Unsure if part of the Marlake trail - where it gets muddy is private so we turned and walked back half way around the lake. Lots of air traffic which my 18 month old loved!

walking
7 months ago

Did this trail with my boy. It was a nice short walk along a nice trail. The trail was well-maintained and I would recommend this for any hiker.

hiking
10 months ago

Dogs are not to walk on this trail.

hiking
11 months ago

One of my favorite local trail. Wildflowers, rabbits, forestry, boardwalks throughout the trails. Following the trail map, the 1st Loop to the right with the 1st pond was blocked off due to private property, had to turn back, end up with 2.2 miles hike. We done this trail several times a year when we wants to go for an easy short hike.

hiking
11 months ago

short trail. mostly boardwalk. nice if you live or work close by and want to get a few steps in under canopy. don't keep your mouth open for too long.

hiking
11 months ago

good, flat trail. mostly boardwalk. mostly shaded. small parking lot, so go early.

hiking
11 months ago

Very easy. I went while it was raining. Not crowded.

walking
Fri Jul 05 2019

This is a nice, easy hike in Federal Way. Even though you can sometimes hear planes flying overhead, it feels like you’re in the deep woods. The boardwalk is well maintained with several benches for sitting. This is also a great place for birdwatching, so bring your binoculars. Parking is limited.

hiking
Fri Jun 14 2019

It is a wet land trail, so there’s a lot of plants and trees, meaning lots of shade! One thing that I was disappointed about was the ground surface. It starts off gravel and trail like, but becomes similar to a boardwalk. But, still good! It’s nice and short.

Wed Jun 12 2019

Easy walk, beautiful and calming. the parking lot is a bit small but other than that this is one of my favorite go-to trails ❤️

hiking
bugs
private property
Tue Jun 11 2019

Mon May 27 2019

We walk here year round. Beware of the homeowners at the edge - they consider themselves vigilante caretakers and will try to chase you out as soon as it gets dark - yet I've seen them in there playing flashlight tag with their kids. Trust me... the police aren't going to come. It's a beautiful place at night. Just don't be loud, and bring a red flashlight to preserve your night vision.

hiking
Wed May 22 2019

Very peaceful trail, very woodsy with a beautiful windy pathway. Not a hike but a comfortable morning walking trail

nature trips
Sun May 19 2019

Sat May 18 2019

pros: *pretty * close * has board walks * when we went they had a museum open * great for strollers and littles cons : *yuk bathroom porta potty * not dog friendly

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