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Redmond Watershed Loop

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A counter-clockwise route from the Watershed parking lot.


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5.8

Miles

9.3

KM

Loop

678' 207 m

High

364' 111 m

Low

859' 262 m

Up

860' 262 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildlife

Some trails are restricted to foot traffic only, which means no horses or bikes are allowed on those specific trails.

Overview

The Redmond Watershed is home to 800 acres of protected forest, few people, and stunning wetlands. You can also combine the 400 acres from Redmond Ridge, and you have almost 18 miles of dirt hiking trails.

Description

This loop will take hikers through a forest full of beautiful Western Red Cedars and Douglas Fir; the elevation gain is enough to push you. The biggest challenges are navigating the rocks and roots. The lower pond is stunning. The power and beauty of these trails are how you can connect as many as you want to customize your hike including the additional 400 acres in Redmond Ridge.

From the SW parking lot, hear north on the Trillium Trail, taking a quick right onto the Powerline Trail before turning north again on the Pipeline Trail. Pipeline Trail is a well-maintained trail that is a wide, easy singletrack. Use the Pipeline Connector Trail to connect back up with the Trillium Trail which you'll then follow to the north end of the Watershed.

From Trillium Trail, hikers will use a short section of the Pond Connector Trail and Pipeline Trail to connect with the Siler's Mill Trail. This trail is great for hiking. Be careful of your step, as the middle and northern stretches of this trail are fairly rocky and contain a number of roots. Along this stretch, you'll also encounter a beautiful pond. The southern part of the trail is spectacular, as it winds through the dense Watershed forest.

Once you reach the junction with the Pipeline Trail, retrace your steps back to the parking area to finish up the hike.

Flora & Fauna

I've run into three bears during the spring and summer; I would avoid hiking with headphones. There's also an abundance of various mushrooms which can be found throughout the Watershed. I've also seen river otters, pileated woodpeckers, blue herons, bobcats, bald eagles, ospreys and snakes (summer only).

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Greg Bateman

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The lower ponds of the Redmond Watershed are beautiful in the late-afternoon sun.
Dec 29, 2016 near Cottage…, WA
Siler's Mill Pond hides in the forest along the Siler's Mill Trail.
Feb 1, 2017 near Union H…, WA
The less shady parts of the trail have beautiful Autumn colors
Nov 12, 2018 near Union H…, WA
With a break in the chilly weather, smaller creatures are a bit more common
Aug 3, 2019 near Union H…, WA
Kinda fun to see two saplings taking root in the stump of the prior generation
Jan 15, 2018 near Union H…, WA
With the warming weather, a few more bugs are coming out to explore their piece of the world
Apr 22, 2019 near Union H…, WA

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