Kent is the fasting-growing city in Washington state, investing in cycling infrastructure that offers something for everyone—from seasoned cyclers, to carefree cruisers and the training-wheel set. At its core is the new and scenic, user-friendly Kent Valley Loop Trails (KVLT) system. The KVLT system consists of five multi-use trail loops connecting more than 30 miles of biking fun. The loops are mostly paved and level, and feature vibrant wayfinding and location markers, fantastic views of Mount Rainier and the Green River Valley, and connections to several parks, downtown, Airways Brewing and other Kent attractions.
The KVLT system is designed to maximize ease of use (wayfinding features a color and animal for each loop, such as “red salmon”), safety (half-mile intervals include marked coordinates to aid emergency response if needed) and connectedness (the KVLT system connects two popular regional trails, the Interurban and Green River).
Each distinct loop offers riders a unique experience and varying distances:
- Rabbit (short): This 1.6-mile excursion offers scenic views along the banks of the Green River.
- Heron (short): If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of this loop’s namesake along this 4.5-mile route.
- Frog (medium): This nine-mile loop allows cyclists to experience the serenity of the Green River Trail and the urban appeal of the Interurban Trail. Riders in need of a break will find an array of options at Alki Bakery.
- Salmon (long): This 13-mile loop features views of agricultural fields, parks and golf courses—and loads of spots to rest and enjoy the scenery.
- Eagle (long): Soaring through it all, the 13-mile Eagle Loop treats riders to a view of Mount Rainier that shouldn’t be missed. Extend the experience with an easy off-trail stop at Macrina Bakery for coffee and fresh-baked goods.