Distance: 0.7 miles
Maximum Elevation: 170 feet
Season: Year round
Map: There is a trail map posted at the trailhead.
Description: This short trail heads gently down into a steep ravine that has remained undeveloped in Seattle. Begin the hike at the parking area at the west end of NW 145th St, and head down the gravel trail into the forest. Birds sing overhead, and you may get lucky to see one of the native Douglas squirrels that live here. One trail heads down to the bottom of the ravine, where it ends in a neighborhood. Or you can take a loop trail and wind back up through a deciduous forest area before heading back up to the parking area. In the spring and summer, watch out for stinging nettles. This trail makes a nice leg-stretcher that is close to town. Stop for coffee afterward at the Diva Expresso on 145th and Greenwood.
Directions: From I-5 southbound, take Exit 175 for N 145th St. and head west (right) on 145th. Pass through Hwy 99/Aurora, and keep heading west to the end of the road. There is a signed parking area straight ahead; you may think it is someone’s driveway, but the public parking area is clearly marked. From I-5 northbound, take the exit for N 125th St. Continue onto 5th Ave NE and keep heading north until you reach N 145th St. Turn left here and follow the instructions above. There are no restroom facilities or other amenities at this park.