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277th Street Trail (277th Recreational Corridor)


 There are two segments of this trail. In the western section, this trail is like a roller coaster -- climbing up and over the railroad tracks and descending, only to repeat. The width here is about 8 feet. A side trail connects to the Interurban Trail on this segment. The eastern segment (The sign says "South 277th Corridor Recreational Trail") climbs the valley wall, switchbacking in multiple curves through the woods as it ascends. This portion of trail is narrower, at times just 4 feet wide and signs warn cyclists to use extreme caution and yield to pedestrians. At the top of the hill the trail once again rejoins the road, crossing over a street and descending a short hill. At this point the trail becomes a wide sidewalk, with frequent signs directing bikes to the left, pedestrians to the right. The road bends to the north and becomes 116th Ave SE, and the wider sidewalk ends at Kent-Kangely Road. Connecting the two segments is a bit tricky, since 277th Street becomes much narrower east of Auburn Way. There's a narrow bike lane on the south side of the road, but none on the north side and traffic is busy and fast.
Junction of the 277th Street Trail and the Interurban Trail

Location: King County
City(s): Kent, Auburn, WA
Length: 3.5 miles.  includes road link

Popularity:
 Less
Elevation: West to east
     Gain  420
     Loss
  100
Facilities Trail Condition  
Drinking Water:  No
Restrooms:  No
Benches:  Yes
Picnic Tables:  No
Surface Type:  Paved
Surface Quality:  8
Scenery:  4
Lighting: 1
Ratings:

0 = none/ the worst
5 = average
10 = excellent


Website: http://www.auburnwa.gov/community/Parks_Arts_Recreation/parks/Trails.asp
Maps:
Auburn Parks Map
Kent Bicycle Map
Connections:
1. Connects to the Interurban Trail at SE 277th St.


Photo Gallery


Western end of the trail near the Valley Freeway


Heading down one overpass and up the next


Road narrows to 2-lane after Auburn Way


After about 1/2 mile of narrow lane, the way widens again


Trail heads south away from busy 277th Street


Bridge over the Green River


View from the bridge


And now, the climb begins…


Switchbacking up the hill


View of the valley after climbing up 200+ feet


A couple benches await the tired climber


Trail branches off. Right fork goes down the hill, left fork goes ???


Trailhead on 108th Ave SE


After crossing 108th, the trail heads downhill and merges into sidewalk


Road curves to the north, becoming 116th. Bikers stay to the left.


The wider sidewalk trail ends at Kent-Kangely Road, but bike lanes continue north

 

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