CHS 2 Hike - Emerald Ridge

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Emerald Ridge

Ever wanted to hike the Wonderland Trail, but have time for only a sneak peek? Here’s how to enjoy a sampling of the Wonderland’s spectacular scenery—in a single day! CHS 2 hike led at a pace of 2.0-3.0 mph.

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  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 14.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,100 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

Leaving 6 AM - South Renton Park & Ride  (205 S 7th St, Renton, WA 98057)

Gaia Map:

The trail circles the Emerald Ridge,  following Tahoma Creek Trail - a not maintained trail due to washouts - to the top of the ridge and down alongside the South Puyallup River. 

 A bit of scrambling on the first part of the Tahoma creek trail was necessary. Other people have reported going up the side of the creek to avoid the scramble. We saw another couple and a Ranger on this section so people are doing it.

 Note: We may reverse the loop and head up the South Puyallup River Trail first as this makes route finding easier on the Tahoma Creek side (my experience).

 Good description here:

And here:

Maps: Green Trails No. 269 or No. 269S Wonderland


 Meet up: 

Leaving 6 AM - South Renton Park & Ride (205 S 7th St, Renton, WA 98057)


Car Pooling: 

Is not required. However, we do encourage carpooling because it saves space at the trailhead parking lot and provides time to get to know your fellow hikers. If you’re willing to drive, please email the group. 


Driver Reimbursement: 

We recommend reimbursing drivers at rate of $0.12/mile.



If you need to cancel please do so as soon as possible on the web site or call Don at 206-817-0515.



Bring your 10 Essentials. Be prepared for sun and wind and maybe bugs too.



There is water along the first part of the route. I’m sure about the second part of the hike. I’m planning at least 2+ liters.



6:15 AM - Leave Park and Ride

8:30 AM – Tahoma Creek TH

10:30 - AM Wonderland Trail  

3:30 - PM back to cars.


Post Hike Soirée: 

TBD – There are several choices for stops after the hike that we can consider as a group.


Please feel free to contact Don via email or cell phone at 206-817-0515 if you have any questions or concerns. 


Emerald Ridge, Klapatche Park & Gobblers Knob

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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