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Union Bay Loop

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 3.5 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Enjoy a short hike through a restored wetland with great opportunities for bird watching.


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1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

Out and Back

30' 9 m

High

20' 6 m

Low

15' 5 m

Up

15' 5 m

Down

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Features Birding · Lake · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly The short trail is nicely graded with many opportunities to watch wildlife.

Overview

The route loops through a restored wetland on a flat, wide, gravel trail. The area is very popular among birders, as it is home to over 200 species of birds.

Description

The route starts at the Union Bay Natural Area parking lot. The trail follows Wahkiakum Lane before taking a quick left on the Yarrow Point Trail.

Yarrow Point presents great views of Lake Washington in front of Mount Rainier. Watch birds swimming in the lake and the many ponds nearby. The loop continues around to intersect Wahkiakum Lane. Take a right and head back to the parking lot.

History & Background

The restoration of the wetland began in 2000 after remaining vacant for many years. Many pipes, used to water the newly planted native plants, can been seen along the way.

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Shared By:

Sarah Baker

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A bench with a view across Union Bay towards Mt. Rainier.
Apr 18, 2018 near Yarrow…, WA
View of the nice gravel path at the start of the walk.
Apr 18, 2018 near Yarrow…, WA

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