ElevationAscent: 333' 102 m
Descent: -343' -104 m
High: 190' 58 m
Low: 19' 6 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“An easy, pleasant loop through lush forest in Carkeek Park.”— Sarah Baker
Family Friendly This route can be made as short as you'd like. There are many options to take you back to the main parking area where there is a nice playground as well as access to the beach.
Take a right onto the North Meadow Hillclimb trail and then a quick left onto the Grand Fir Trail. The trail rolls through a forest of firs and cedars and soon connects to the North Traverse trail. The trail descends steeply to meet the road. Cross the road and Piper's Creek where you can sometimes see salmon spawning in fall.
Turn left onto Piper's Creek Trail and follow this wide, well-traveled trail before taking a right onto the South Ridge Trail. The trail ascends multiple sets of steps up onto the south bluff and then ascends and descends to cross multiple creeks. After the trail crosses the Clay Pit Trail, the trail descends steeply to the north and ends in the main parking area.
If you have extra time, make sure to check out the beach!
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