Winter Weather Safety


With winter weather kicking up in the Puget Sound region, King County Parks urges all trail visitors to practice safety when venturing out on any of our trails, both our paved regional trails and backcountry trails. Windy days can bring falling tree branches and other debris that can block a trail. When walking or hiking,…

Harvey Manning Trailhead Dedication, June 29


Please join King County Deputy Executive Fred Jarrett and longtime Cougar Mountain advocates and enthusiasts on Weds, June 29 at 11 a.m. as we celebrate Harvey Manning and his infinite contributions to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. We will be unveiling the newly renamed trailhead to honor Manning’s legacy of protecting Cougar Mountain. Among the…

Memorial Day Weekend Getaway: Dockton Park and Forest


Pack a lunch, hop on a ferry and spend the day exploring the 152 acres of working forest, saltwater shoreline and natural park lands located on the south-central part of Maury Island. Begin the day hiking around the trails in Dockton Forest. With nine miles of hiking, running, mountain biking and equestrian trails – all…

Happy horses heart our Taylor trails


Together with the Tahoma Chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen of Washington and Washington Trails Association, we sliced through the shiny blue ribbon and celebrated our brand spankin’ new trailhead at Taylor Mountain Forest. And it was already being put to good use by the 30 some horses and their humans and trucks and trailers! Funded…

Upcoming Volunteer Events in King County Parks- Autumn 2015


Volunteering with King County Parks is a great way to give back to the community, learn tangible skills, satisfy service learning requirements and enjoy the outdoors! Families, groups and individuals are all invited to get involved with our volunteer program. Here are the upcoming volunteer events with King County Parks’ this coming autumn: Sept. 12…

Teach Me How to Douggie (Squirrel Style)


On a recent excursion out to Grand Ridge Park in the Issaquah Highlands we ran into our friend: Douggie the Douglas Squirrel! He was kind enough to pose for a photo shoot and show us his favorite dance moves. After a brief conversation (which mostly consisted of high pitched squeaks), he was on his way…