The main trail from the parking lot allows hiking, biking, and trail riding, but do be aware that many of the narrower trails are aimed just for hikers--just watch the signs. The grade of the trails is surprisingly level and the scenery is very relaxing; you'll be surrounded by trees and pockets of meadow as you journey along. There are also several ponds and streams throughout the park, if you're lucky you might find a Great Blue Heron fishing.
One of the many ponds in the park
This park is a great place to spend a couple of hours or all day exploring the trails. We were surprised to find how much we felt we were at a park in the mountains without traveling far out of the city at all. This is definitely one of the best kept secrets in the Seattle area.
Lovely picnic area right next to the parking lot surrounded by trees
Things To Know:
- Parking is free!
- There are miles of park to explore here
- Great accommodation for horses: huge trailer parking lot (separate from main parking lot), hitching post, mounting block
- No dogs allowed
- Perfect place to explore on a sunny or drizzly day
- Restrooms located at the main entrance
Take 520 East
Continue onto Avondale Rd.
Veer right onto Novelty Hill Rd.
Continue up hill, look for "Redmond Watershed Preserve" sign
Park entrance will be on the left
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