We attended River Days on Sunday (IKEA Renton River Days 2011 – Inexpensive Family Fun). Renton is about 20 minutes to the southeast of Seattle and an easy drive from the city. It’s a great trail that is perfect for any day – rain or shine and any hiking/walking ability.
We parked in our favorite spot, Renton Memorial Stadium, where 35 years ago I had a job selling hot dogs and Red Vines. It’s a free and easy place to park to access the Cedar River Trail. It’s a trail we walked many times when the kids were little because it begins inside the Boeing Plant and its adjacent to the Renton Airport, so there was always great stuff to keep the boys entertained. It also begins at Lake Washington at the City of Renton Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park where you can rent boats, swim, play tennis, or hang out on the climbing toys. My parents took us to that park in the 70’s and we took our kids in the 90’s.
The section of trail between Boeing and the Library is some of the easiest to walk, it’s right along the water, and it’s paved so it’s great with kids. The trail was a railroad right-of-way years ago but it’s been paved over and it’s well maintained. Portions of the trail have prohibitions, other sections are open to horses, roller bladers, and bikes. Check out one of the many sites available online for detailed routes including maps, side trips, and information where to park along the trail.
The trail uses underpasses to avoid surface streets to cross between downtown and the stadium; however, in winter and spring the area can flood and be inaccessible. An upper path is available for those times or when smokers are on the trail ahead of you – at least that’s why we used the upper path. It’s a tree-lined street filled with small, quaint homes. I loved the street and although I’ve lived here for 44 years, I’ve never noticed it before and now I want to move there!
Near the Senior Center is a silver sculpture which depicts an abstract boat filled with people. It’s titled, “We’re All In This Together”.
ABOUT THE CEDAR RIVER TRAIL – RENTON, WA
End Points: North Bend to Renton
Length: 16 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt, Gravel, Ballast
Activities: Bike, Horseback Riding, Walking as designated
We love the Cedar River Trail and need to remind ourselves to work less and start getting out and having a little fun now and then.
- IKEA Renton River Days 2011 – Inexpensive Family Fun (miscfinds4u.com)
- New trail links south end of Lake Washington (pnwlocalnews.com)
- Rare sturgeon sighting in the Lower Cedar River (seattletimes.nwsource.com)