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Interurban Trail (South)

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area
47.4659, -122.2480 Map & Directions
Length
14.7 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
291 feet
Highest Point
93 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
Bridge on the Interurban Trail. Photo by mykoleary. Full-size image
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

This old railbed now provides recreation for bikes, hikers, and equestrians between Tuwkila and Pacific. Continue reading

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Hiking Interurban Trail (South)

The south portion of the Interurban Trail provides a nice, flat urban walk or bike ride on a paved trail beginning in Fort Dent Park in Tukwila through Kent, all the way down through Auburn and beyond. Buildings, streets, and railway lines are visible for the entire length of the trail, but the further south you venture, the more scenic the trail becomes.


Historically, this was the route of the Puget Sound Electric Railway, which provided a trolley between Tacoma and Seattle but falling out of favor after the advent of personal cars. Today, it's only possible to walk or ride as far as Pacific. 

In Fort Dent Park, follow the River Trail signs, link up the Interurban Trail, and cross a bridge over the Green River before arriving at a BNSF train yard. Passing through the yard, you'll cross the tracks twice. Be careful crossing as some the locomotives are remote controlled. You may also have to wait for the trains to stop or to clear the trail. 

On clear days, as you head out of the railyard and further south, you may be able to spot Mount Rainier as you pass through Kent. Here, the Interurban Trail links up with the Green River Trail, which you can hop on to loop back 11 miles north to Fort Dent.

If you choose to continue on, you'll soon enter a more agricultural area, with farmland and more views of Mount Rainier, as well as Emerald Downs, a racetrack located just outside of Auburn. Continue south through the smaller towns of Algona to where the trail ends in the town of Pacific.

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Interurban Trail (South)

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.4659, -122.2480 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Driving Directions

The northern trailhead is accessible in Fort Dent Park. Exit I-5 on exit 156, then proceed southeast from Interurban Avenue South. Continue 1.5 miles and make a left onto Fort Dent Way. Soon turn left onto Starfire Way, and arrive at Fort Dent Park.

The southern trailhead is accessible off I-5 at exit 142A. Drive east on Highway 18 for 2.5 miles and exit for the West Valley Highway towards State Route 167 S. Turn right onto the West Valley Highway, and continue 2.6 miles. Make a left onto Third Avenue SW, and look for the trailhead on the left after passing under SR 167.

take transit

This trailhead is accessible by bus! Plan your visit by bus using TOTAGO, or consult the schedule for King County Metro route number 150.

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Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

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Interurban Trail (South)

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