Trail Spotlight: Soos Creek Trail


We sometimes refer to the trails within our Regional Trails System as “linear parks”. Nobody really likes this description, but it conveys the facts of maintenance and management that a trail takes, just as a park would. Most trails fit the various, also unappealing, descriptions of “transit corridors” or “non-motorized mobility paths”. Which, I know isn’t the…

Playground update: Tolt MacDonald now open!


Tolt MacDonald Park – Now open! See photo above. Big Finn Hill – The lower playground is scheduled to be closed starting Wednesday, September 21. Depending on the weather, construction should be complete in 2 months. The upper toddler playground will remain open during construction. *** This project is funded in part by the voter-approved 2014-2019…

Trail Spotlight: Fall begins on the Chief Sealth Trail


One of my favorite trails, since it’s part of my commute to work, is the Chief Sealth Trail. While not maintained by us here at King County Parks, it’s still considered part of the Regional Trails System in King County. With its southern terminus at 51st Ave S and its northern terminus at South Angeline…

Join us this Saturday for WTA@50: Celebrate and Recreate!


  Celebrate 50 years of volunteer work, trail stewardship and advocacy for public lands this Saturday, September 17 at the WTA@50: Celebrate and Recreate! event. With over 125 volunteer events amounting to 10,000 hours of service last year, the Washington Trails Association has been an integral part of King County Parks. Parks such as Grand…

Cottage Lake ropes course


Ropes course at Cottage Lake. Looking for a corporate outing and some serious team building, floating high above the earth? What sensible company doesn’t? Hook up with our partner the Northshore YMCA to schedule your adventure. [It helps to not be terrified of heights or ropes] Want to see more pics of this glorious structure?…

Trail Spotlight: Cedar River Trail


I set out for the parking area off of SE Maple Valley Highway, right before the Auburn-Echo Lake Cutoff road — across from Foley’s Produce — this morning to a cool 64 degrees. Which makes for the best biking weather, in my humble opinion. My goal was to ride from there to the start of the Cedar River Trail…