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.

hiking
21 hours 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
4 days 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
29 days 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.

1 month 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.

2 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
2 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
2 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
3 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
3 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

4 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.

hiking
4 months ago

Fun hike. We took the pup out for a walk. Tried to catch Rainier before the sun set, but she was covered with clouds by the time we got up there. Trail was in good shape even with all the rain. Was a nice day to get outside.

walking
5 months ago

really nice forest trail.

5 months ago

I am not sure why this wouldn’t get more 5 stars. It’s appropriately rated, easy to get to, trial is nice, and there are many many smaller trails to make it more challenging or longer. I went to both waterfalls, the first set is about .5 miles from the cul de sac, and cascade waterfalls are 1.0 in but another .5 uphill to get to. Very little mud, very few hikers (2pm on a Thursday till 5pm). I had a small dog and a baby strapped to my front and was comfortable the whole time.

hiking
5 months ago

Great short hike with a view of Rainier at the top. Well maintained year round and good spot for some lunch on a sunny winter day

hiking
6 months ago

Nice calm trail wiith a beautiful waterfall view

6 months ago

Perfect easy trail for a wet afternoon.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail. Lots of different side trails to choose from. Far Country Falls was amazing to see

hiking
6 months ago

Nice little hike if you live in the Kent/Renton area. Nice 360 degree view at the top of Mr. Rainier and Desire Lake. It was an hour round trip for me and my kids and that included 15 minutes of hanging out at the top.

Not much to see at the top of Cedar Mountain, but the climb to the top is good cardio.

Beautiful trails, nice and quiet.

Nice trail that goes along Lake Washington.

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