Trails at Tehaleh
Although we love our Tehaleh Trails, here is a list of our favorite hiking trails in the area of Tehaleh
Kanaskat-Palmer State Park
32101 Cumberland-Kanaskat Road, Ravensdale, WA
The Kanaskat-Palmer looks like a classic state park when you first look at it, with gentle trails, sprawling lawns and a diverse forest, set on the banks of a river. Yet, what a river it is!
As it tumbles toward the mouth of a sandstone gorge not far from Tehaleh, the Green River serves up some of the region’s best rapids for rafting and kayaking. Graded Class II to Class IV, this frothy whitewater isn’t for everyone; only experts are encouraged to run through the Green River Gorge.
13810 80th Street, Puyallup, WA
This beautiful Foothills Trail sits atop a historic railroad bed and snakes through the river valley southeast of Tacoma. This 21-mile-long trail is a popular commuter route and recreational destination for bicyclists, while hikers enjoy shorter, more manageable segments of the trail. One of the most scenic sections for the unobstructed views of nearby Mt. Rainier begins in Orting near Tehaleh and follows the Carbon River upstream through farmland and forest.
The Foothills Trail is a 12-foot wide non-motorized asphalt trail / linear park suitable for bicycles, walking, in-line skates and wheel chairs. It also has a soft shoulder path for equestrians.
Nolte State Park
36921 Veazie Cumberland Road, Enumclaw, WA
Doesn’t everyone need the occasional lazy day on a lake? For folks in the Puget Sound area or communities near Mount Rainier, Nolte State Park fits the bill.
Located 10 minutes from Enumclaw (just down the road from Tehaleh) and a half hour from Auburn and Federal Way, this charming day-use park sits on placid, tree-ringed Deep Lake. The lake entices swimmers, paddlers and anglers, and a mile-long path around the lake offers peaceful activities for walkers, photographers and birders.
Dash Point State Park
5700 Southwest Dash Point Road, Federal Way, WA
Are you a big water fan? Then look no further! Break out your kayak, sand bucket, swimsuit or fishing rod, and head straight for Dash Point State Park! One of the most popular destinations from Tehaleh.
Hidden in plain sight between Seattle and Tacoma, this park offers miles of forested hiking and biking trails, but its main draw is the beach. The shoreline narrows at high tide, bringing anglers out to its pier. Low tide turns the sand flats into a play destination for locals, families with children and hip skim boarders surfing the shallow water.
6500 South Sheridan Avenue, Tacoma, WA
Wapato Park lies in a serene setting of lake and forest and is one of the most urban parks near Tehaleh. Visitors can enjoy display gardens, a walking trail around the lake (.9 miles) and an impressive, historic pergola.
Palouse To Cascades State Park
150 Lake Easton State Park Road, Hobart, WA
Formerly the Iron Horse State Park, now the Palouse to Cascades State Park runs from the nearby densely forested Cascades to the scablands carved by the Ice Age floods. The Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail gives hikers, cyclists and, in some places, equestrians a taste of Washington’s diversity. So, hop on your bike or dust off your backpack, and take to the trail! This linear park runs from west of North Bend to the Columbia River near Vantage – and continues from the town of Lind to the Idaho border.
601 Oravetz Road, Auburn, WA
This local neighborhood park is located along the banks of the White River, adjacent to Auburn Riverside High School. A trail system includes both hard and soft-surfaced sections to meet the needs of many different users, including equestrian users from the nearby Hidden Valley neighborhood. Commissioned artwork for the park includes a uniquely designed bench with a salmon motif, placed to allow views of the river.
Squak Mountain State Park
21430 S.E. May Valley Road, Issaquah, WA
Squak Mountain State Park is a 1,545-acre day-use park that is located just outside of Issaquah and a short 25-minute drive from Tehaleh. This forested park, a wilderness with glimpses of Issaquah below, has miles of winding trails alongside bubbling creeks and narrow ravines. There are several trail loop options on this 2,024-foot-high mountain. With multi-use trails and a natural area, equestrians and hikers alike have plenty to explore.
Point Defiance Park
5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA
The park is 765-acres and is a popular destination for the greater Seattle area including Tehaleh. Natural forest, saltwater beaches and spectacular views offer numerous possibilities for recreation, education and communing with nature.
Point Defiance Park Off-Leash Demonstration Area – Approximately 7 acres located in the former Madrona Day Camp area on Five Mile Drive south of Fort Nisqually. The roadway and waterfront bluff area are fenced as well as about 1/8 acre area for smaller dogs. There are 3-4 parking spots right in front of the off-leash area entry gates. You can also park at the Fort Nisqually picnic area and walk along the road to the south or on Mildred Street at the back where Camp Six used to be and walk down the utility road to the west until you see the off-leash area sign.