Cedar Downs


Frontcountry Trail Run - Cedar Downs

Expect a lot of twists and turns in this fun and fast front country trail run with a good variety of different types of terrain. A good general conditioner and open to all type of runners.

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.1 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 650 ft
  • Pace: 2.5 - 5.0 mph

We will meet at the Cedar Downs Park trailhead parking area at 6:00pm. At the dead end of SE 253rd Street. The trailhead entrance is on the right hand side. No parking pass needed. Please be ready to start by 6:15pm. 

  • Directions

Hwy 18 North, take SE 231st Street, Maple Valley exit and turn left. Then go to Hwy 169 and turn right. See below....

From Maple Valley and Hwy 169. Turn right onto Witte Rd. Go about 1.2 miles until you see Cedar Downs housing development entrance on the right side and take a Right at SE 254th Pl. Go up hill. Take Right on 215th Pl SE. Left on SE 252nd Pl. The entrance to the trailhead will be at the end of SE 253rd ST, a dead end street.

Please bring a headlamp just in case it gets really dark under the heavy canopy of cedar trees. Also, we will go rain or shine, so bring a rain coat or long sleeve shirt. 

  • Route

We will do three interconnected loops, covering about 4 miles and about 500’ of elevation. We will start from the trailhead and go the Wild Cedars, Cedar Creek perimeter loop. It will then connect into the Maple Valley/Covington connector loop back to the trailhead. Loops #2 and #3 will change slightly with taking the Cedar Downs and Cedar Slope the middle portion of the routes. This is relatively flat route with some short steep sections. We will be going at a slow but steady pace, walking as needed.


Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Please wear comfortable, breathable technical clothing suitable for outdoor aerobic activities. 

  • Sturdy trail running shoes
  • Rain jacket, hat, gloves and sunglasses
  • Running vest or small running backpack 
  • Bring water and snacks
  • Trail running inspired ten essentials


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