Lake Hills Greenbelt Trail
A Red-tailed Hawk circles overhead as hikers and joggers pass below. Two miles of comfortable, multi-use trails wind through the Lake Hills Greenbelt, connecting Larsen and Phantom Lakes. The greenbelt is a wetland corridor encompassing over 172 acres of woods, wetlands, and suburbia. Wildlife habitats accommodate an amazing variety of birds and animals such as coyotes, muskrats, and many songbirds. The Lake Hills Ranger Station (15416 SE 16th Street) provides a convenient source of information about the Greenbelt.
Traveling the trails is a truly diverse experience. There are many opportunities for wildlife observation as well as enjoying evidence of the area’s Asian and Native American cultural heritage. In the early 1900’s, Japanese immigrants farmed the land between the two lakes. Part of this heritage still exists at the Farmer’s Market on the corner of 156th and SE 16th. Other parts of the trail’s path were originally developed by Yakima Indians who had a winter encampment near Larsen Lake.
To Reach The Trailhead:
Entry points are located at: 148th SE and SE 6th, Lake Hill Boulevard (adjacent to the Library), and 156th SE and SE 16th.
Parking is available at the Urban Demonstration Garden at 15500 SE 16th St, the Matsuoka Cabin at 700 148th Ave SE and at 2005 156th Ave SE.
Click here to download a detailed map of the Lake Hills Greenbelt