Day Hike - Circumambulating Lake Washington


Day Hike - Circumambulating Lake Washington

A brisk late afternoon/early evening hike on a Monday. Start your week off at Coulon Beach Park in Renton with a 3 mph "fastish" hike on mostly flat terrain parallel to Lake Washington. 2.4 miles out to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, 2.3 miles back with headlamps. Round 3 of "Movin' Mondays".

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.7 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 50 ft
  • Pace: minimum 3 mph

Meet at 4:00 pm at the volleyball courts at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park ready to walk. The park is about 1/4 mile off I-405 exit 5 in Renton. Directions to meeting place will be emailed to all participants as soon as registration closes.

I've completed this walk/hike many times in the last few months - it's a great way to get in 4+ miles of activity on a day when not as many folks get outside. We'll stick together as a group on the main trail at a minimum of 3 mph (brisk walk), with a small detour near the start to walk on the dock over Lake Washington. The parking lot is large and does not require any passes, but beware that theft can be a concern given the time of day and proximity to main roads. Please arrive at the volleyball courts at 4:00 pm so we can meet with introductions, discuss conditions on the trail and group goals, and start hiking by 4:10 pm. The trail is paved for 1/2 way and light gravel for the rest, so sneakers or trail running shoes are appropriate. Headlamps required and gloves suggested. Goal is to have a safe, enjoyable collective experience and be back in the parking lot by ~6:00 pm so we can head home for dinner.

This is not a slow stroll in the park, but a brisk walk. Please contact the leader before registering if you have not recently done a hike of this mileage and speed, or have any doubt about your fitness and stamina to keep up. Also, if you are a trail runner and feel 3 mph with a couple of stops along the trail is insufficient of a work-out for you, please consider if this trip is a good match for your abilities. We walk as a group. 


All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before attending an in-person Mountaineers activity during our COVID-19 response. By proceeding with any of the upcoming activities you are already registered to attend, you affirm that you have reviewed The Mountaineers COVID-19 Code of Conduct and the guidance for participants and leaders available on the COVID-19 Response page, and you agree to follow this guidance during each activity. Please remove yourself from any upcoming activity if you are unable or unwilling to follow The Mountaineers guidance at the time of the program.

Coulon Beach Park falls under current City of Renton COVID-19 guidelines 'Safe Start Washington' Phase 2: "In both parks and on trails, YOU ARE REQUIRED to follow recommended COVID-19 protocols for social distancing, GATHERINGS of 5 people or less, face coverings and proper hand washing procedures."

Also, to help ensure your safety and the safety of our fellow walkers, the leader asks that you only carpool to the park with other members of your household registered for the same trip. 

All participants will need to have a face covering (mask, bandanna or muff), hand sanitizer and a pack containing the 10 essentials (although you can skip the sunscreen).  Wherever possible, all group member will maintain the 6 ft minimum social distancing protocol and be ready to pull up face covering over mouth and nose when this is not possible passing others on the trail and at the starting point.

Full details will be emailed as soon as the trip closes on Nov 12. In the interim please contact the leader with any questions:


Circumambulating Lake Washington

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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