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Tradition Lake Loop

Posted by joeabbott on January 26, 2009

Here’s another hike from the book I’d mentioned earlier: Tradition Lake Loop, #11. We walked this yesterday before we ran off to an afternoon of errands and didn’t want to have to worry about washing up.

This isn’t a strenuous hike by any means but you can amble on for a very long way to make up for it … or, if you’ve got a lot of energy, you can climb nearby Tiger Mountain! Suzanne and I have done that in the past but today we were just in the mood to stroll.

Here’s a GPS capture of our route … it seems pretty accurate so it looks like we did just over 5 miles on relatively flat terrain:


 Here’s a map of the trails that’s posted around the trailhead:


We started out at the Trailhead and went clockwise around the bottom from the Bus Trail to the Wetlands Trail. We wanted to hit the Brink Trail as described in the guide but we didn’t have a map the book suggested that the Wetlands fed right into the Brink … it doesn’t. We ended up coming back down the Puget Power Road … it’s a beaten down flat track that’s fairly uninteresting with the minor redeaming quality of being quiet and in the trees. Still, a bit like walking along a road.

The trail namesake is slowly rusting away

When we got to the trailhead we found the Swamp Trail and remembered this was part of the way out had we done the official loop. We took it heading counter-clockwise and joined the Big Tree Trail and then the Brink. We tried to come back through minor trails paralleling the Puget Power Road but were spit out onto it and just kept hiking home. From the picture you can see the preferred route would have been to come back via the “Around the Lake” Trail … but we didn’t realize it and re-ran the PPR route.

It was a nice bit of walking and enjoyable to be in the chilly air getting some exercise. A nice trail for families with small children.


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