Explore the most popular trails near Lakewood with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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hiking
snow
10 days ago

Easy little walk around the lake, paved the whole way around, beautiful in the snow and ice! Walked twice around the lake to get a little more of a workout in.

Not too bad for a metropolitan area trail... This review is an update. After coming here for the second time, I found some more trails that were a little more moderate and just a little more challenging. This is what I was looking for. This is actually a pretty big park and you may not discover it all the first time you come. I think, generally, the area seems pretty safe too. I'll definitely come back again if I get the chance.

Great paths and easy for all ages

While the paved path around the lake was nice, the trails for the rest of the path were pretty hard to navigate. Lots of forks without signage, and I had a hard time pinpointing where to go just using my phone GPS. Felt like I wasn't going the right way for a lot of it.

walking
4 months ago

A flat loop but beautiful to walk around.

on Waughop Lake Trail

trail running
4 months ago

Great trail for running! Lots of variability in terrain and foliage. A few pretty overlooks. Mostly packed earth but a few sections gravel. Small section by Pierce Comm College currently unavailable, but easy to circumvent and hop back on the trail. Only saw one other person. Look forward to running this trail again!

walking
5 months ago

Nice walk with dogs around this lake, trail around lake is paved, lots of offshoots to explore. Good place to work on running mileage and trails runs.

hiking
6 months ago

I don't think I can count the number of times I've actually been to this park, I feel like it exceeds 10, 000, perfect nice easy walk for elderly and kids and strollers if this is too easy for you just Veer off the path into the hills and woods or the monument to the original Western State Hospital, Dog park, drone flying Zone, playground and fields of plenty. I hope nothing ever makes this place go away!

walking
10 months ago

Relaxing and beautiful view

Short easy trail. Good for kids and strollers.

Too short

walking
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The distance on this trail map isn't for the paved trail around the lake. The paved trail around the lake is about 1 mile.

It has been six months or more since I have been here. I was in the area and decided to stop by for a walk. I am very surprised to see they paved the back parking lot where the dog park is and the main access to the lake. At the far end of the parking lot near the lake access point there is also a port-a-potty.

The walking path around the lake used to be lumpy and bumpy from tree roots breaking the old asphalt, there were some potholes and couple places where the path was narrow. They repaved the walking path and now it is nice smooth asphalt and plenty wide all the way around the lake for people on foot, bikers and wheelchair users. In it's current state of perfection the paved trail is great for powered wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, walkers, canes and even strollers not made for rough ground.

There are still many benches along the walking path around the lake. On the east side of the lake (left at the main trailhead from the parking lot) they added a picnic table shelter with two tables and a trash can. The path comes to a Y on both sides of the table shelter so people can sit on the enbankment and fish and/or have access to the lake with a non-motorized watercraft. Sometimes the enbankment can get crowded with many people on a nice day and can be difficult to pass by on foot or a bike. I'm glad they added the other path that is wider so people can easily pass by.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Nice trail for walks and jog around the lake!

fishing
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Ok fishing

Sunday, October 01, 2017

not really a "hike". it's a walk around a lake that has a paved trail it leads too. very bland.

walking
Friday, September 15, 2017

Toxic alge in lake. Not good do humans or pets.

hiking
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday, September 03, 2017

great trail for the family

walking
Saturday, September 02, 2017

Nice, flat terrain. Good for strollers, bikes, kids.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

They recently did a lot of work on the park and the paved trail around the lake is awesome! If you use the side trails up the hill by Pierce College you can see Mount Rainier on a clear day!

walking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Easy trail, easy walking. Decent view. Had a fair many people on it and it had a fair amount of litter a d dead animals in the water, which was alarming.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Not many people were on this trail, it was nice to just hear nature.

walking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easy trail. Lots of people, and when we go, ducks (and duck poo). A lot of people have dogs as the dog park is nearby.

hiking
Saturday, October 08, 2016

Always forward, Never back!

Didn't really have a plan when I set out. I ended up doing several long hills. Really had to push myself going up the last 2 hills behind Pierce College. It was hard to stop thinking about how tired I was and how I just wanted to stop for a few seconds. But I kept pushing, putting one foot in front of the other and made it to the top. Than I stopped for a moment to wipe my brow with my shirt.

The perseverance of hiking and continuing to push when tired can help grow that perseverance into the rest of your life for when things get difficult. Few things I keep repeating to myself if I need motivation is "Don't stop", "Forward" or "Always Forward", which is a longer version of something else I thought of "Always forward never back"

hiking
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Rainy but still great hike. Used my umbrella most of the time. But going through the woods I had to close it a few times due to brush and thorns, so that slowed me down a bit.

hiking
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Breezy and shade along the way makes a great hike.

hiking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Awesome hike cool and breezy

hiking
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Good hike. Kinda warm and occasionally breezy.

walking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Right by my apartment complex :D I go walking here almost every weekend. It's really nice and the trails aren't overwhelming.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Easy trail with nice views all around.

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