Take a hike in Kent

Lace up the light hikers. Kent, Washington is a great place to log some trail time.

The Pacific Northwest is a hiker’s paradise. And you don’t have to leave the city limits to hit the trail. In Kent, you’ll find miles of trails, complete with mountain views, waterside routes, tree-line paths and plenty of wildlife.

From solo hikes to family treks and Fido-friendly routes—just make sure Fido is on a leash—Kent has plenty of options. Here are just a few.

  • Kent Valley Loop Trails offer several distinct routes and links to Kent parks and downtown.
  • The Green River Trail stretches nearly 20 miles and follows the scenic Green River from Kent to Seattle’s southern boundary. Kent offers access at Hogan Park Russell Road, Russell Woods Park or Three Friends Fishing Hole.

Post-trail tip: Electrolytes are on tap at Airways Brewing. Try the Jumbo Juice pale ale.

  • Soos Creek Trail travels six miles through woods, wetlands and meadows. Pack the binoculars. You’re likely to see river otters, herons, eagles and more wildlife.

Trail tip: Get lunch to go from Wild Wheat Bakery Café and Restaurant. Baked goods and cold smoked lox are made on site.

  • If you’re looking for a higher elevation and heart rate, Kent is only 30 miles from the Issaquah Alps. Pick your peak. Poo Poo Point offers a steep incline and quite a show at the top where hang gliders launch daily, conditions permitting.

Trail tip: You’ll want a hearty breakfast before you go. Stop in at Maggie’s on Meeker for Maggie’s Mess—sautéed onions and sausage or ham over hash browns and covered in gravy.

Ready to hit the trail? Find out more about all there is to see and do in Kent.