Soak in Some Nature While Staying Close to Home: Your Guide to the Kent Outdoors

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If you’re living here in Kent, chances are you love spending time in the great outdoors. Our CityZen Commons apartments are in the heart of it all, just a short drive away from breathtaking views and plenty of hikes to choose from! 

Do you prefer to take it easy with a mild climb nearby or venture a little further out and make a day of it? We put together some of our favorite hiking trails, broken out into two categories: Nearby Trails and Day Trips. The below hikes link to their respective AllTrails website, where you can learn the specifics of the trail and see its reviews. If you haven’t already, we recommend downloading the AllTrails app on your phone and downloading your trail maps in advance so you can record your hikes and follow along, even if you lose service! 

Nearby Trails 

Under 30 minutes from our community


Soos Creek Trail. Source: AllTrails

If you want to go on a low-key, family-friendly hike, Soos Creek Trail is the way to go! This walking trail is mostly flat and paved, making it one of the more accessible trails near home. While it’s 11.5 miles in duration, Soos Creek is an out & back trail, so you can turn around at any time! If you want something mild with a little more of a challenge, head over to Lake Fenwick. The trail is only 2.7 miles long, but has a steeper elevation in and out. If you’re up for a workout, the lake views are definitely worth it! Des Moines Creek Trail is another mild, paved trail nearby, complete with river views! Bring your pup along, but don’t forget a leash! 

Day Trips

30 minutes + from our community


Mount Rainier National Park. Source: AllTrails

If you’re up for a two-hour drive and a full day (or weekend) of hiking on a mountain trail or two near Kent, make a trip to Mount Rainier National Park! There are 140 hiking trails to choose from on AllTrails and it’s one of the most stunning spots in Washington. Trail options span easy to advanced, so there’s something for everyone! Read their latest COVID policies and start planning your visit today! Mount Rainier is a must-see. If you want to stick closer to home but visit a large scenic area with lots of park trail options, try out Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park or Tiger Mountain State Forest! You can expect stunning forest views and a variety of trails to keep you busy out in nature all day long. One of our favorites is the Poo Poo Point Trail. The Washington forest just never gets old! 

What are your favorite hiking trails in King County to take in a big breath of fresh air and gaze at gorgeous forests, mountains and/or wildlife? The options are endless when you live at CityZen Commons!

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