BPA Trail


Day Hike - BPA Trail

Hike eight mostly level miles round trip on a wide paved trail through a wide power line right of way in Federal Way, with a lunch stop at the turnaround point at the popular Poverty Bay Cafe.

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  • Easy
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 200 ft

Meet at 10:30 AM at the trailhead parking lot on SW 356th St., near 15th Ave SW in Federal Way.

This is an opportunity to work off Christmas dinner while avoiding possible snow and colder temperatures in the high country.  The BPA trail is a popular jogging path which passes both the King County Aquatic Center and a wildlife refuge at the halfway point to our lunch stop.  Restrooms are available at both the Aquatic Center and the lunch spot.  There are also restrooms six blocks from the trailhead at two gas stations. 

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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