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McGarvey Park

Issaquah Alps
47.4491, -122.1098 Map & Directions
Length
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
400 feet
Highest Point
851 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy/Moderate
McGarvey Park Trails. Photo by Harry Biped. Full-size image
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

Acquired by King County in 2000, McGarvey Park Open Space is a 400-acre multiuse forest connecting King County’s Petrovitsky Park with Wetland 14 Natural Area and Spring Lake/Lake Desire Park. Continue reading

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Hiking McGarvey Park

Acquired by King County in 2000, McGarvey Park Open Space is a 400-acre multiuse forest connecting King County’s Petrovitsky Park with Wetland 14 Natural Area and Spring Lake/Lake Desire Park.

Over 5 miles of trails fit for hiking, biking and equestrian use wind through McGarvey Park and connect with the trail system at Spring Lake/Lake Desire Park. The property was acquired through the “4:1” Program which is a growth management tool that creates an open space buffer between urban and rural lands.

As a multiuse site, King County actively manages the Parks’ forest to conserve habitat biodiversity while encouraging passive recreation use. Historical logging activity resulted in the property growing an unusually high percentage of bigleaf maple and red alder. Through active management, King County is working to restore a more healthy mixed coniferous deciduous forest with multiple canopy layers and a diverse plant community.

There are four wetlands in McGarvey that provide critical habitat for many birds and amphibians as well as beaver and a variety of native wetland plants and fungi. With active management and regeneration of a mixed coniferous forest, McGarvey park will also provide valued habitat for upland plants and wildlife.

WTA worked here in 2013!

Hike Description Written by
King County Parks, WTA Community

McGarvey Park

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.4491, -122.1098 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

Several trailheads access McGarvey Park.

Parking is available along the shoulder of 174th Ave SE off W Lake Desire Drive SE. Another, smaller trailhead is available off West Lake Desire Road. Follow these directions to get there.

Drive State Route 167 south from I-405 in Renton, and take the first exit south of I405, signed for Valley Medical Center. Turn left on East Valley Road, and after a block, turn left onto 43rd Street. Stay on this road for 4.9 miles as it changes from 43rd to Carr to Petrovitsky. Pass Petrovitsky Park on the left and turn left at the next traffic light (184th Ave SE). Go two blocks and turn left onto 172nd Ave. In a short distance turn right onto West Lake Desire Road. Drive slowly and follow this for a half-mile more.

The trailhead is on the left side of the road at a 90 degree righthand turn.

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