Hike description: Seeley Lake Park is a bit of urban forest that is readily accessible by car or bus for some leg-stretching and to shake out the winter cobwebs that creep into our brains.
This park in Lakewood offers an opportunity for a snow-free winter hike without a long drive.
Seeley Lake is actually more of a marsh than a lake and serves as a runoff catchment for the city.
You will hike in trees (red alder saplings) around the wetland that forms the center of this 47-acre park. In season, there will be white snowberries and red and black blackberries. Don’t expect to actually see much water unless you go in the rainy season.
The trail is a wide graveled surface and is elevated to stay relatively dry. Start out heading to the left, so that you are hiking the trail clockwise. This will have the traffic noise at the start of the hike rather than at the end.
While the trail is a short one, there is no limit to the number of times you can walk it. Be prepared to share the trail with runners and power walkers, especially at lunchtime.
Directions: Located on the west side of Lakewood Drive Southwest, between Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest and Bridgeport Way Southwest.
The park entrance and parking lot is entered through the Lakewood Community Center Parking lot at 9112 Lakewood Drive S.W., Lakewood.
The trailhead and parking is to the left as you drive into the Community Center parking lot. Pierce Transit routes No. 202 and No. 3 stop at or near the park entrance.
Difficulty rating: 1 (1 is easiest, 5 is most difficult)
Miles round-trip: 1.3
Best time of year: Year-round
Map: None needed
Pass: None needed
Also: Restrooms are in the Community Center Building.
Information: www.co.pierce.wa.us/pc/services/recreate/Lakewood.htm#Seeley Lake Park
Hike of the Week is presented by The Mountaineers Tacoma Branch Hiking/Backpacking Committee. For other hikes, visit www.theolympian.com/hiking.