Saint Edward State Park - Outer Loop
ElevationAscent: 700' 213 m
Descent: -700' -213 m
High: 483' 147 m
Low: 32' 10 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 56% (29°)
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“This great hike travels through undeveloped second-growth forest and along Lake Washington.”— Mike S
This trail also links up to the Big Finn Hill trail system. Do be aware that this trail system is multi-use and includes access for some MTB and equestrian use depending on where you are. Signs will advise you and are obvious. Foot traffic is permitted on all trails.
Next, hike along the lake on the Beach Trail, avoiding paths to the right that would take you up and back (Seminary, Grotto, South Canyon). You'll pass through a couple of gates and by a picnic area along the way. Keep going, and the trail will turn uphill again. This is the South Ridge Trail.
Follow this up until you get near a water tower and a paved area. If you hit pavement, you've gone a touch too far. Go left, following the singletrack (Water Tower Trail) until you see a trail heading off to the right marked "Plateau". Take this until you hit a road. Cross the road and then go left the moment you're back on gravel/dirt and hike along the road up to Juanita Trail.
Juanita Trail is right next to Juanita Drive, at the northwest corner of the 3-way intersection that leads into Saint Edward. Follow the trail, which is largely rolling singletrack, until you reach a trail intersection. Here, make a left and hike the wide path to the southwest, which takes you back to the main road within the state park. Follow the road back up to where you parked.
Despite being initially logged, the forest has regrown for a century, so the park maintains a feel of similar locations in the cascades, rather than the feel of a city-bound park.
Land Manager: Washington State Parks