BPA Trail


Day Hike - BPA Trail

Hike an easy seven miles RT on a wide paved trail through Federal Way on the wide BPA powerline right-of-way, stopping for lunch at the popular Poverty Bay Cafe and doing a short detour on the return hike on a dirt trail passing by a pond in a forested nature preserve.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 200 ft

Meet at 11 AM at the BPA trailhead parking lot on the north side of SW 356th St, under the powerlines near 15th Ave SW in Federal Way.

This is an urban hike with a wilderness feel, including a stroll through an enchanting nature preserve seen only by hikers.  We will have our lunch at the popular Poverty Bay Cafe after most of the lunch crowd has left, providing us a hot meal in our stomachs for the return hike.  Restrooms are available at the King County Aquatic Center, which is midway to the lunch stop, and at the Poverty Bay Cafe, but not at the trailhead.  No parking pass is required.

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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