ElevationAscent: 52' 16 m
Descent: -6' -2 m
High: 399' 122 m
Low: 347' 106 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)
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“An inviting lead-in to the Island Center Forest trail system.”— Brendan Ross
Dogs are not permitted in the Mukai or Meadowlake Pond areas but are allowed throughout the rest of the trail. They are required to remain "either leashed or under strict sight and voice control," according to local regulations.
Generally, visitors should elect to use the 188th Street Trailhead, as it has the most parking. Paper maps are available here and at the Mukai and Cemetery Trailheads.
The turnoff for Meadowlake Trail is unsigned and only a short distance in, so don't miss it if intending to visit the wetland area. Look for a very small clearing to the right. 188th then makes a quick jog south and back to the west, passing the signed Landtrust Trail intersection. Just ahead, the original route passes over a watery marsh crossing. An alternative bypass, 188th Bypass, circles around it to the right and continues on the original path. Note that runners will have to backtrack a few hundred feet to reach Fir Hill Trail on the other side.
An easy, slightly bumpy climb over golf and baseball sized stones finishes out the trail. Another sign marks the dead end intersection with 115th Bypass. While only a half mile from the parking lot, by the trail's end, visitors will feel much further away from civilization.
Animal life includes smaller woodland creatures and deer, but the biggest draw to Island Forest is wide variety of birds, more than eighty species in all. The wetland areas around Mukai and Meadowlake Ponds draw bird watchers from around the region.
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Land Manager: King County, WA - Parks and Recreation