BPA Trail


Day Hike - BPA Trail

A mostly level hike on a wide paved path through a wide urban powerline right of way that passes a lake and wildlife sanctuary and allows us to have lunch at the popular Poverty Bay Cafe.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 100 ft

Meet at the trailhead parking lot on SW 356th St in Federal Way under the powerlines near 15th Ave SW.

This 8 mile round trip hike is a good conditioner to prepare for the summer hiking season.  The wide powerline right-of-way provides extended views throughout the hike.  Restroom facilities are available at the half-way point, the King County Aquatic Center, and the lunch stop, the Poverty Bay Cafe, but not at the trailhead.  An optional short detour through an adjacent wildlife refuge permits walking through a woods and seeing a lake and wildlife. 

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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