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

I love this trail it’s close to home and In a very nice community. The trail is very well marked for the echo trail. Also are many other trails to explore. View is very easy to find as long as you keep going up the hill. If you follow a path here without a sign with the arrow pointing in the direction then you will reach a dead end or realize you went the wrong way. Follow the signs it’s super easy and a nice workout for a family or you and your dog.

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike close to home. The falls were dry today but really enjoyed the peacefulness.

on Licorice Fern Trail

hiking
15 days ago

Loved this hike. A nice challenge close to home. Beautiful this time of year.

Gorgeous but either I’m a nimrod or this trail is not well marked. I never saw a sign for Echo loop trail however we stumbled across Echo mountain which was a extremely steep trail. Made it to nearly the top when my sister shouted down to me “end of trail”. Slid/walked back down trail while grabbing every branch possible to keep from tumbling down the trail. Drank all my water while climbing up fucking mountain. Hiked along flat trail after mountain climbing for 30 min or so and back to car.
Still enjoyable despite never finding echo loop trail. The end

Nice brief hike if you’re in the area. Good for bigger kids :-)

Whitaker trail becomes Deceiver. Short but good incline up 2 hills. Lots of shade for sunny days and several bridges and log walkways over creeks and marsh. We took Shy Bear back to make it a partial loop.

Easy trail off Coal Creek trail. Not heavily populated. Easy to walk.

Went late morning on a Sunday. Only saw a couple of people. It was a great little hike.

walking
2 months ago

Really nice trail great for kids under three but can’t be difficult with all the ups and downs and great for handicap.

walking
2 months ago

Fun, easy trail. Took our 2 dogs and it was easy for them. Lots to see. Ran into a few people on the trail but not too populated. There was no waterfall, it was dry. Cool seeing the old mine and other great historical markers!

Completely dry

hiking
3 months ago

The trail hike is beautiful with dense trees/bushes with birds chirping around you (summer). The peak of Cedar Mountain is not spectacular, but you can see Mt Rainier between distant trees nicely. I read other reviews of this trail regarding mosquitos. True. I would advise bringing mosquito repent (if summertime). They are not over-whelming, but there are a few annoying ones along the trail. I tried out the trail "PRO" version for the first time and glad I used the GPS tracker on the trail map - there are many intersections, thus the tracker was extremely helpful so that I always knew exactly where I was on the map. Bottom line: nice little hike.

trail running
3 months ago

i love this trail cause i dont have to go far to get some miles in , but i wish the trees at the top werent so tall so i can see rainier..

Easy to get turned around! Thankful for the app

walking
4 months ago

Pleasant trail

Beautiful easy walk. I also like that for the majority of the trail, bikes and dogs aren’t allowed. Not that I hate cyclists or dogs; it’s just nice to have a trail for pedestrians only as an option.

We enjoyed this hike. Gorgeous terrain. Many teens and an oasis just past a residential area in Renton. Who knew!?

Did my first hike of this trail this weekend. Easy to access. need a discovery pass to park. But it was very nice. Wild Salmonberries on the path, and tons of little side areas and alternate routes to explore! When you get to the peak, it is serene and clear. Nothing too crazy or strenuous either.

5 months ago

Quick, easy hike that is fun to run! Muddy in a few spots but overall dry. Came during sunset and got a beautiful view on one side and Mt Rainier on the other. Many intersecting trails and lots of mosquitoes.

5 months ago

short. kid friendly. signage sucks but as long as you move uphill it's easy to find the peak. top view is great. we brought a few hammocks to use at the top and found ample places to hang them. trail is well manicured and maintained. this will be in our regular list.

5/6/2018 (Sunday) - I take two loops in the 2-hr hike. One is the upper loop of the De Leo Wall counterclockwise from View Point #2 to the peak. The other is the lower loop of Terrace Trail, East Cross Town Trail, and 144th PL SE. I am so excited to find that Cross Town is now through from end to end. The trail is in good condition. Overgrowth and obstacles are all cleared. Volunteers are still improving it. Kudos to their hard and fruitful work.

Hiked this recently on a trip to Seattle. This trail was amazing! And I loved seeing all the dogs on the trails.

walking
5 months ago

4/29/2018 (Sunday) - Out of the park's north end, a long section of old railroad has been nicely converted into a perfect trail, which is now quite popular.

trail running
5 months ago

The trail itself is fun to run and is good for a shorter loop. There is the usual amount of rocks and roots but nothing excessive that will slow you down until you get close to the top. The elevation gain is pretty minimal and the majority of it occurs at the very end of the trail when approaching the summit. But you get a great view of Rainer on a clear day!

However, there are a few downsides. While there are signs the trails zig zag and run into each other in confusing ways that are not well-marked. I started going the wrong way several times before doubling back. There is also a lake nearby with pretty still water and the mosquitoes were out in force, which made the view at the top a shorter stay than preferred. Finally while most of the trail was dry a few parts were pretty muddy and we did not get much rain that day.

3/19/2018 (Monday) - Two-hour loop from outside the gate at the end of SE 87th St (driving from 144th PL SE). Move up counterclockwise along an unmanaged trail which connects to De Leo Wall trail, go downhill a little to the intersection with Wildside trail, then go uphill back to the top of the De Leo Wall, move down along the Terrace Trail of Newcastle City.

hiking
7 months ago

Very easy “hike” on well kept trails. Lots and lots of intersections that we kept going the wrong way on, but we ran into a nice hiker who showed us how to get up to the viewpoint... this was the only part of the walk that actually felt left like a hike. We were there on a cloudy day, so didn’t get to see Mt Rainier... will def go back on a day with better visibility.

hiking
7 months ago

Great easy hike that’s fun and gives a neat view at the top. Our toddler walked most of it. A little muddy in spots but not bad.

on Deceiver Trail

7 months ago

Trailhead said Jim Whitaker, not deceiver. Good hike, steep @ the beginning

Such an underrated hike with a huge payoff at the top. Breathtaking views of Mt Rainer.

Nice beach trail BUT DOGS NOT ALLOWED, even on leash.

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