Carpool Offers/Requests: On the meetup discussion board (don't know how to link it here)
Notes: Distance and elevation gain are estimates
Difficulty Level: Easy
Roundtrip Distance: 9.2 Miles
Type of Hike: Loop
Surface: gravel, dirt
Nearby City: Renton
Dogs Welcome: Yes, on leash
Description of Hike:
From the southwest end of the parking area, a spur trail of a few dozen yards leads to the main loop around the reservoir. The steepest hill on the trail is immediately to your right at this junction, so if you go clockwise you can leave climbing it for the end of your ride, or if you go counterclockwise you can descend it first. There are occasional mileage signs along the way that assume a counterclockwise circuit.
Description &/or History of Area &/or Destination:
This trail doubles as a maintenance perimeter road for the Lake Youngs Reservoir, which is fenced and no entry is permitted. The trail skirts around the outside of the fence, with varied scenery on the "outside" side (from suburban backyards to forested wetlands) and untouched woodland on the "inside". Aside from a few narrow sections, the trail is firm, wide, and relatively mud-free year-round.
Exit 4 from I-405 to Rte. 169 (Maple Valley Highway). Turn right at 140th Way SE, then left at SE Petrovitsky Road. In about 1.5 miles, turn right onto SE Old Petrovitsky Road (Old Petr. Rd. is a loop, so if you miss this turn there is another opportunity across from 184th). The parking area is about a quarter mile ahead on the right.
~Please pack your 10 essentials.
~Open to all paces- we can split into smaller groups if needed.
~Please carpool when possible- remember that most trailheads have limited parking.
~Please keep your dog leashed when applicable, & bring a scoop or baggies to clean up after your pooch.
~Rain & snow will not necessarily cancel a hike; however, thunderstorms will cancel a hike automatically.
~Pack out all garbage- anyone found littering, or the parents of a litterbug, might be removed from the group.
~If you have never been to the location we’re hiking from, assume you will get lost & plan for extra time to get there.
~Any last minute changes will be made by the morning of the hike, & anyone who has RSVPed “Yes” will get an email with the new information.
~Park rules, PNW Leisure Hiking Rules & Regulations, & proper trail etiquette apply at all times.
~Hikers are expected to respect the rights & privacy of other hikers.