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.