ElevationAscent: 15' 5 m
Descent: -19' -6 m
High: 309' 94 m
Low: 291' 89 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
Popular hikes nearby
Cougar Mountain Red Town Loop
5.1 mi 8.3 km • Loop • 690 ft Ascent 210.32 m Ascent
Wilderness Peak Loop
3.7 mi 6.0 km • Loop • 1,243 ft Ascent 378.92 m Ascent
Green Mountain Loop
8.2 mi 13.1 km • Loop • 1,438 ft Ascent 438.29 m Ascent
Union Bay Loop
1.0 mi 1.6 km • Out and Back • 15 ft Ascent 4.66 m Ascent
Clear Creek Trail Loop
1.9 mi 3.0 km • Loop • 37 ft Ascent 11.42 m Ascent
Bridle Trails State Park - Outer Loop
4.4 mi 7.1 km • Loop • 231 ft Ascent 70.32 m Ascent
“Informative signs and lush greenery make this short loop a good family destination.”— Brendan Ross
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring
Family Friendly The whole family will enjoy this interpretive trail, resplendent with lush greenery and easy terrain.
The loop is accessed from Grinder, about twenty feet west of the end of Cemetery Run. A sign marks the intersection. The smooth dirt singletrack is kept remarkably clean and free from debris, especially by forest trail standards. The path is also about as narrow as it comes in Island Center, with grasses, ferns, and bushes growing in abundance. Owing to the excellent maintenance, nothing grows close enough to cause trouble, so hikers will be free to enjoy the verdant plant life along the loop. As the route proceeds, keep an eye out for the aforementioned large signs on either side.
While short, the twists and turns of Forestry Loop may leave hikers feeling disoriented by the time they finish. Several options exist to continue exploring the forest by turning onto Grinder and Middle Fork.
Flora & Fauna
Animal life includes smaller woodland creatures and deer, but the biggest draw to Island Forest is the wide variety of birds, more than eighty species in all. The wetland areas around Mukai and Meadowlake Ponds draw bird watchers from around the region.
Land Manager: King County, WA - Parks and Recreation