There will be a springtime ‘Walk-n-Talk’ this Sunday, June 3, with the goal of walking (and talking of course) through Burien’s hidden gem – the ‘Indian Trail.’
“One of Burien’s little gems is the ‘Indian Trail,’ said Organizer Maureen Hoffmann. “This wandering, varied trail winds high above the shoreline strip of SW 172nd St. – the ‘Sunrise Trail’ – and then, from Three Tree Point northward, parallels Maplewild Ave. SW – the ‘Sunset Trail.’ It is said to be the remnant of a trail used long ago by the local Native American tribes as they traveled from the south end of Puget Sound to the north.”
NOTE: The difference for this month’s event is a new meeting location – Walk-n-Talkers are asked to meet at 2 p.m. at the corner of SW 167th Place and 31st Ave. SW (NOT at Burien Town Square!). This is in the Gregory Heights neighborhood above Three Tree Point.
This free event will be led by local artist/writer/historian Pam Harper, recent co-author of a book about the history of Three Tree Point. Pam will lead the group, offering historic commentary, as the trail starts cliff-high, winds down to the Point, then back up near Maplewild. At one point along the way, there is a 180-degree view of Normandy Park, Des Moines, Redondo, Mt. Rainier, Tacoma, the islands of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.
Here are the details:
WHAT/WHO: This is a FREE Walk-n-Talk.
WHERE: Meet at 2 p.m. at the corner of SW 167th Place and 31st Ave. SW (NOT at Burien Town Square!). This is in the Gregory Heights neighborhood above Three Tree Point.
PARKING: There is parking on the street in the neighborhood. Pam and Guy Harper will direct people about parking.
WALK TO: The ‘Indian Trail’ that winds through Burien’s Three Tree Point neighborhood. Distance is about 3 miles, round trip. The elevation change is about 300 feet.
WHEN: Sunday June 3, meet at 2:00 p.m., start walking at 2:15 p.m.
The sweeping view, in evening along the “Sunrise” portion of the Indian Trail. (click the photo for a larger view.)
This is a beautiful walk, wooded in places, wide open in others… paved wide in places, a narrow dirt path in others. Please be advised that this trip has quite an elevation change going down the hill and then back up. The path is also quite rugged and irregular. Because of these factors, it’s a poor choice for those with health and mobility limitations, and the trail will not accommodate strollers for children.
A cell phone “tag team” will be available to give rides to people back up the hill if they are unable or choose not to walk.
Here’s a map of the Indian Trail route. Click it to see a larger view, then PLEASE PRINT A COPY AND BRING IT WITH YOU IF YOU’D LIKE TO HAVE A MAP. Thank you.