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Vista Ridge Trail

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area
47.2459, -122.2117 Map & Directions
Length
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
310 feet
Highest Point
602 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
Paved Vista Ridge trail on a cloudy, rainy day. Photo by Tiffany Chou. Full-size image
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

This paved trail is a great option whether you’re looking for a weekend stroll or somewhere to condition for a race right in your neighborhood. Continue reading

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Hiking Vista Ridge Trail

This paved trail is a great option whether you’re looking for a weekend stroll or somewhere to condition for a race right in your neighborhood.

The trail begins on the east side of the parking lot. As this is a loop trail, you can go either clockwise or counterclockwise. This guide will take you counterclockwise.

Walk past the skatepark on your left and turn left. From here, the paved trail follows Lakeland Hills Way for the next 0.7 miles. Along the way, there are a few benches and trash cans if you’d like to take a break. Take care when crossing the street, which you will have to do several times.

At the intersection of Lakeland Hills Way and Evergreen Way SE, cross the street to the north side of Evergreen Way SE and turn left.

In just a few hundred feet, turn right toward Dorothy Bothell Park and walk to the park. The park has picnic tables and a play structure. Continue around the park along the paved path. From here, the trail moves away from the street and becomes quieter.

A few hundred feet past the park, turn left at the junction; turn left to reach an exit point. The trail widens here and sits behind a residential neighborhood.

In about 0.3 miles, carefully cross the street and continue along the wide trail, which will begin to head away from the residential area and gradually downhill. In 0.3 miles, you’ll feel more encased in nature as trees begin to surround the trail. Soon after, continue straight at the junction.

The trail begins to follow Lake Tapps Parkway E in 0.4 miles. Turn left when you reach the road, and get ready for a climb! The last 0.7 miles of the loop is a moderately steep ascent along the road back to Sunset Park.

When you reach Lakeland Hills Way again, Sunset Park will be on your left. Consider planning a picnic to celebrate the end of your hike; if the weather isn’t cooperating, the covered areas offer protection and plenty of seating.

Wheelchair Accessibility

The Vista Ridge trail is almost completely flat, and comprised of gravel or pavement.

Hike Description Written by
Tiffany Chou, WTA Correspondent

Vista Ridge Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.2459, -122.2117 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

From Auburn, head south on A Street SE for about 3 miles. Turn left on Lakeland Hills Way SE and continue for 1.9 miles. Turn right onto 69th Street SE. The Sunset Park parking lot will soon be on your left. There is plenty of paved parking here. There are also toilets, trash cans, covered areas with picnic tables, a play structure, and a park space with many multiple sports fields.

Take Transit

From Auburn, take bus 497 south toward Lakeland Hills. The bus will drop you off right next to the parking lot at the Sunset Park & Ride stop in Lakeland Hills.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

City of Auburn

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