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Cedar Downs

Puget Sound and Islands

Location

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area
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Length

4.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Rating

4.17 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2019
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

WTA has done some work in the local Cedar Downs Park, cleaning up after storms and brushing its trails. Cedar Downs is between Covington and Maple Valley. The 119 acre park is located between Tall Timbers / Timberlane Housing developments to the west and Cedar Downs and SE 248th to the east. The main property has approximately 1.5 miles of old road bed that serves as a connection between Covington and Maple Valley and will become a regional trail connector in the future. There are also unimproved foot trails that cross the property.

The main park site consists of 85 acres of mature forest that was originally owned by Department of Natural Resources and was part of the school trust lands. The last time the property was logged was in the 1930s. Mature forest is unusual in Southeast King County since most lands were tree farms and have been logged numerous times. Mature forest with a multi-storied canopy and trees that were as much as 70 years old mark this unique area.

Steep hillsides are abundant with small seeps and springs. Wetlands fill a bench at the northern edge of the property that then feed into one of the large wetland systems left in King County along Jenkins creek. The forest serves as healthy habitat for a wide variety of wildlife including deer, mountain beaver, flying squirrels, raccoons, coyote, and occasionally elk and black bear. Additionally the wetlands are visited by Heron, Red tailed Hawk, eagles, and Osprey.

For more info visit Friends of Cedar Creek Park's website at: www.friendsofcedarcreekpark.org

 

Cedar Downs

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 47.3739, -122.0557 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

King County Parks

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