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Lake Youngs Trail

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area
47.4386, -122.1195 Map & Directions
9.16 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
800 feet
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A look at Lake Youngs. Photo by Violcia. Full-size image
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Part of King County’s regional trail network, the Lake Youngs Trail is a soft-surface, rolling, sometimes hilly loop around a reservoir and offers a couple connections to other popular trails in the area. Continue reading

  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes

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Hiking Lake Youngs Trail

This trail loops around the edge of the Lake Youngs Reservoir just east of the city of Kent. The reservoir is fenced off, but the trail winds through a mix of suburban and rural landscapes, rolling through hilly terrain.

The entire way is soft-surface and makes for a great loop for walkers, joggers and horseback riders. One portion of the trail passes along the fence that protects the reservoir and the other parallels a city street. Most of the way is relatively flat, with the exception of one short, steep section. The width of the trail fluctuates between a single lane gravel road and a narrow footpath.

Lake Youngs is near many other hiking opportunities such as the Spring Lake/Lake Desire network. A short connection on city streets also links up to the Soos Creek Trail (head west on SE 216th Street to get there).

Hike Description Written by
Charlie Wakenshaw, WTA Staff

Lake Youngs Trail

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.4386, -122.1195 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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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-405, take exit 4 and follow signs for the Maple Valley Highway (169). After 2.2 miles on the Maple Valley Highway, turn right onto 140th Way SE. After another 2.0 miles, turn left onto SE Petrovitsky Road for 1.3 miles. Then turn right onto SE Old Petrovitsky Road, and in 0.5 mile the parking area will be on the right. A restroom is available as well as parking for about 15 cars.

Take Transit

Route 102 stops at  the intersection of 179th St. and 160th Ave, which is a 0.8 mile walk to the trailhead.

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Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

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