BPA Trail


Day Hike - BPA Trail

Explore a nature preserve with a lake on a 7 mile RT hike on a wide right of way through Federal Way, with our stop for a hot lunch at popular Poverty Bay Cafe timed to avoid the peak crowd.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 515 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 11 AM at the trailhead parking lot on the north side of SW 356th St, just west of 15th Ave SW in Federal Way, reached from I-5 by taking the S 348th St exit westbound, turning left at Pacific Highway S and right at SW 356th St.  No parking pass is required.

There are restrooms at the Poverty Bay Cafe, and there is a portapotty at the halfway point each direction on the hike, but there are no bathroom break opportunities at the trailhead or elsewhere on the hike.  Sometimes the King County Aquatic Center is open when we pass by, and then we can use the restrooms there, in lieu of the nearby portapotty.  The most convenient bathroom stop enroute to the trailhead is at the Burger King at the southwest corner of S 348th St., and Pacific Highway S.  Another option is the Arco station at the northwest corner of Pacific Highway S. and S 356th St.

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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