Take a Hike Day!

Looking for a new trail to hike? Never been hiking and want to start? November 17 is Take a Hike Day! Celebrate by hiking one of King County’s many trails. Here are just a few suggestions.
SOOS CREEK TRAIL — This is a great place for a slow walk, bike ride and even a horseback ride. Recently, the trail was featured on the King County Parks Plog for its poetry ambassador Kent resident Jim Teeters, who has been walking the rail for over twenty years.

BURKE-GLIMAN TRAIL —  This all -ADA- accessible trail runs more than 18 miles through the City of Seattle and intersects with the Sammamish River Trail in the City of Bothell. Highly popular with cyclists, joggers, skaters, and strollers. This trail provides views of the Ship Canal, Lake Union and other sites in Seattle, Log Boom Park and Blyth Park in Kenmore. It’s a scenic urban trail.

COUGAR MOUNTAIN REGIONAL WILDLAND PARK — Hike through mature second growth forests, encounter streams and wetlands, cliffs, and caves, enjoy views of Lake 2298599071_2b17ab1248_oSammamish and the Cascades, and see a variety of birds and other wildlife.


If you’re going out to hike, be sure to prepare for the transition of the seasons. Here are some tips about the hiking during the colder times of the year:

  • Always bring water and food.
  • Wear warm layers of clothing such as a waterproof jacket, polyester shirt, and synthetic pants; a good pair of study shoes that protect against snow or rain, and a pair of gloves and hat.
  • Carry a flash-light, or wear reflective clothing. Remember, days are shorter now and it can become dark while you are out.
  • Always let someone know where you’re heading and when you’re expecting to return.

Here are some tips from the Washington Trails Association for safe and responsible hiking. Bringing your dog with you? Read this article from REI on dog safety and readiness for hiking.

Whether you want to go near or far for a hike in King County, find a park or trail to fit your needs. See the Parks and Natural Areas A-Z List and the interactive trail finder map.


Enjoy the wonderful adventures that hiking can provide! What are some of your hiking stories? Let us know. Comment below.