West Hylebos Wetlands

West Hylebos Wetlands, Federal Way, WA 98003

Trail Statistics

Elevation: 30 Feet

Distance: 1.6 Miles

Trail Details

Welcome to West Hylebos Wetlands, a beautiful and family-friendly trail that offers a unique outdoor experience in Federal Way, Washington. Stroller-friendly and rails on the boardwalks will dissuade your kids from going off the path.

Surprisingly, as you step onto the trailhead, you’ll immediately notice the lush greenery and the peaceful sound of birds chirping. This trail is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and connect with nature.

The trail winds through a beautiful forested area featuring towering trees and abundant native plants and wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for various species of birds, such as woodpeckers, warblers, and even bald eagles soaring overhead.

Along the trail, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore the wetlands. The boardwalks provide a safe and easy way to traverse the wetlands while enjoying the beautiful views of the marshes and cattails. The wetlands are home to a variety of species.  You’ll come across interpretive signage that provides educational insights into the area’s history, ecology, and wildlife. 

There are also several benches and picnic areas along the trail where you can stop and rest, or enjoy a family picnic while taking in the stunning surroundings.

This trail is accessible to people of all ages and abilities, making it a great family-friendly activity. So whether you’re looking for a stroll or an educational adventure, West Hylebos Wetlands is the perfect destination for you and your family to enjoy the great outdoors.

Pro Tips

  • Get there early.  There are only 10 parking spots in the main lot.  You can also drive around and enter the trail from the south if the 4th Ave parking lot is full.
  • Porta Potty was one of the worst we’ve seen.  Make a pit stop prior to entering the park or be prepared for your kids to “freak out.”
  • Before you go, check out WTA’s trail reports 

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