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Kanaskat-Palmer State Park

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area
47.3184, -121.9005 Map & Directions
Length
3.0 miles, roundtrip
The flowing waters of the Green River. Photo by Marley. Full-size image
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers

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A popular destination for whitewater rafters and kayakers, Kanasket-Palmer State Park is 320 acres of forest surrounding the Green River. Visitors can hike through the trees, go rafting or kayaking on the river, view wildlife, fish for trout, wade in the pools, and camp in tents, RVs, or yurts to take advantage of everything the park has to offer. Continue reading

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Hiking Kanaskat-Palmer State Park

A popular destination for whitewater rafters and kayakers, Kanasket-Palmer State Park is 320 acres of forest surrounding the Green River. Visitors can hike through the trees, go rafting or kayaking on the river, view wildlife, fish for trout, wade in the pools, and camp in tents, RVs, or yurts to take advantage of everything the park has to offer.

In terms of hiking, there is a main trail that loops around the park, first taking you from the visitor center along the river, through the campgrounds, and back to the visitor center. Hemlock, cottonwood, alder, spruce, and cedar trees tower above the trail. Birders will enjoy looking for and listening to the various species of birds that live in the park, and everyone should keep an eye out for other wildlife such as deer.

Kayakers and rafters may make use of the two take-out and put-in sites along the river. This should only be attempted by experienced rafters, as the river quickly turns from a Class III rapid to a Class IV. There are two miles of shoreline along the river, and the boat launches are by hand only. There are over 25 campsites, though visitors should be aware that the local fire station may sound a siren to summon firefighters to duty and disturb campers. 

Hike Description Written by
McKenzie Carlson, WTA Correspondent

Kanaskat-Palmer State Park

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 47.3184, -121.9005 Open in Google Maps

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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

From I-5 South near Federal Way, take exit 142A to Highway 18 E towards Auburn. Travel on Highway 18 for 17 miles, then take the exit to Highway 169 S. After 2.7 miles, turn left onto SE Kent Kangley Road. Follow this for 3.1 miles, then make a slight right onto Cumberland Kanasket Road. After 1.8 miles, turn right onto Kanasket-Palmer State Park Road, and follow this to the park.

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Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

Washington State Parks

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