Cedar River Trail

This regional trail facility is the non-motorized commuter and recreational link that connects the City of Renton to the City of Maple Valley as well as the Lake Wilderness Trail and the Green-to-Cedar Rivers Trail through rural King County.  The 8-mile paved trail parallels State Route 169 and lies between the highway and the Cedar River and a series of several sensitive wetlands north and west of the Cedar River Watershed at Landsburg including the Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area. This natural area provides wildlife viewing and habitat restoration project and is prime spawning grounds for Chinook, Sockeye and Coho salmon that make the annual migration through the Ballard Locks, to Lake Washington and ultimately to the Cedar River to spawn. The Cedar River Trail is a rail-to-trail conversion that features a tunnel and several retrofitted railroad trestles and bridges over the Cedar River which provides up close views of the river and opportunities for salmon watching in the fall.

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Jennifer* provided master planning, design, construction documents, project management, permitting and construction support for all three phases of this trail spanning over an approximate eight year period. One of the phases was federally funded requiring full time construction inspection. The design minimized impact to sensitive areas and the river while allowing public access. The design also explored alternatives for equestrian use and trailheads.

*While principal with another firm

Client:    King County Parks and Facilities Management
Location: King County Washington