Lake Wilderness Park


Day Hike - Lake Wilderness Park

Experience two historic railroad grades through a forested corridor and four tunnels, over two bridges and through a botanical garden to our lunch spot at picnic tables beside beautiful Lake Wilderness, with ducks, geese and restrooms nearby.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 50 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 343 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 10:30 AM by the right entrance to the QFC Store  at 22131 SE 237th St., Maple Valley, WA. 98038.  From the north, it is reached by heading east from Renton on SR 169 (Maple Valley Highway), turning right at SE 237th St (just before reaching the Chevron Station) and right again into a shopping mall parking lot where the QFC is to your left.  From the south it is reached by taking SR 18 east from Auburn, exiting at SE 231st St, turning right at the end of the exit and right again at the traffic light, right again at SE 237th St and taking the first right into the shopping area parking lot, where the QFC is to your left.  Restrooms are available inside the QFC.

From the QFC we will caravan the short distance to the trailhead, involving exiting the parking lot onto Witte Road, turning right, turning left at the traffic light onto SR 169 and then right into the gravel parking strip on the right side of the road just past the SR 18 overpass.  No parking pass is required there.  There are no restroom facilities there.

The hike is on a wide trail and almost completely level, with a short rise where we leave the Cedar River Trail and enter the Green River Trail, and an even shorter rise going from Lake Wilderness Park to the Green River Trail on the return hike.

Our lunch spot and turnaround point is at picnic tables on a lawn beside Lake Wilderness, where there are always ducks and geese nearby.  Men's and women's restrooms  are near our lunch spot.  The return hike is via the same route. 

All participants must have with them at all times a mask that can cover their nose and mouth and will be put in place when we pass close to others on the trail.  For everyone's safety, carpooling is limited to household members.


Lake Wilderness Park

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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