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Milton Interurban Trail

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area
47.2398, -122.3325 Map & Directions
2.8 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
240 feet
Highest Point
237 feet
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The Milton Interurban Trail curving away on a rainy day. Photo by Tiffany Chou. Full-size image

This wide well-maintained paved path is perfect for a quiet leisurely stroll or brisk run surrounded by greenery, without ever having to leave the city. Continue reading

  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash

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Hiking Milton Interurban Trail

This wide well-maintained paved path is perfect for a quiet leisurely stroll or brisk run surrounded by greenery, without ever having to leave the city.

From the parking lot, head west on the paved trail. Continue on the path for about 0.2 miles, and follow the sign for Interurban Trail by going straight. Cross the street at the crosswalk, and see the old parking lot on the right. Keep walking down the trail, around the side of the barrier gate ahead. From here, the path is very easy to follow.

The path goes toward the highway for the next few hundred feet, but soon turns away from the highway, the sounds of cars starting to fade. The trail is very open here, but that changes in about 0.3 miles, where you’ll find a bench and a trash can. The sounds of the highway are still in the distance, but the trail begins to feel more forested as trees and bushes become more dense on either side of the path.

Continue on the trail, and in another 0.2 miles, come to a road crossing. There is a yellow crossing light here that you can activate to alert traffic while crossing. Enjoy walking beside mossy trees surrounded by blankets of ivy for about 0.1 miles before hitting another crosswalk. There is a yellow crossing light here as well. 

You’ll soon come to another bench, this one honoring Milton E. Loflin and his extensive work in public service. Walk past more moss-covered trees for another 0.25 miles to find a great place for lunch; there is a picnic table, trash can, and portable toilet here. Note that this is the only toilet on the whole trail. 

In 0.75 miles, find another bench and trash can to take a break at if you wish. There is a beautiful view here of the other side of the trail steeply dropping to the Hylebos Creek below, trees reaching high into the sky covered in ferns and moss. 

The last bench on the trail you’ll encounter is in 0.35 miles, where you’ll hear the sounds of a small stream on the other side of the trail if it’s quiet. You may see a squirrel or two running around off to the side of the trail, or hear birds chirping from up in the trees. 

For the final 0.2 miles, the trail parallels the small stream. The trail ends at S 380th Street, where you can choose to get picked up, walk to the nearby bus stop and take the bus back to the trailhead, or start walking back the way you came. 

WTA Pro Tip: Make this a loop with public transit. If you choose to take the bus back to the trailhead, turn left at the road and walk east on S 380th Street for 0.1 miles. Turn left at 28th Street S and continue for just a few hundred feet to the intersection. Cross Highway 161 at the crosswalks to continue on 28th Street S and stay on the left side of the street.

Walk 0.1 miles north until you reach the bus stop for the Pierce Transit 501 bus line heading south. Get off the bus at the 70th Avenue E and 20th Street E stop and walk just a short distance north to reach the intersection. Cross to the opposite corner of the intersection to find yourself back at the trailhead. 

Hike Description Written by
Tiffany Chou, WTA Correspondent

Milton Interurban Trail

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.2398, -122.3325 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 in Tacoma, head north. Take exit 137, and take the right fork toward south 54th Avenue to merge onto 54th Avenue E. Immediately turn left onto 20th Street E and continue for 1 mile. Look for a small parking lot on the left right off the main road, with a sign for the Interurban Trail at the entrance. 

The paved parking lot has spaces for 25 cars, and has an additional 2 accessible parking spaces near the entrance. There is no restroom at the trailhead. There are 2 benches and a trash can, and the parking lot and initial part of the trail is lit by streetlights. Open hours are from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset. 

If you’re looking to take public transit, the Pierce Transit 501 bus line will drop you off right next to the trailhead. Get off the bus at the 20th Street E and 70th Avenue stop, and head to the northeast corner of the intersection. The trail continues north from here along 70th Avenue.

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Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

City of Milton

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