Looking for something to do around Renton this summer?

The Million Dollar View of Lake Sammamish near the parking lot on the Anti-Aircraft Trail on Cougar Mountain. - Adam McFadden/Renton Reporter
The Million Dollar View of Lake Sammamish near the parking lot on the Anti-Aircraft Trail on Cougar Mountain.
— image credit: Adam McFadden/Renton Reporter

From hikes to bikes, there's plenty of recreation options in or near Renton. Here is a breakdown of activities:


Cedar River Trail

The Cedar River Trail runs from Lake Washington past Maple Valley, offering plenty of scenery and only gradual hills.

Bikers may want to park at Ron Regis Park and ride east to avoid the pedestrian-heavy areas and speed limits through much of downtown Renton.

Also make sure to watch out for others, especially on weekends and afternoons, since the trail can get busy.

How to get there: Access and parking is available at several points along the trail.

Mountain biking

Towers of Power trails

Towers of Power has two things going for it: It's close and its variety. Located near Philip Arnold Park, the trail system is a short drive for much of Renton.

It also has more difficult, skill-building trails connected by a wider path that works for beginners.

It would be wise to take a first ride through slow and easy because there are drops, jumps, logs and other obstacles that could throw newer riders for a loop.

It's also important to keep your eyes open. There are several narrow, downhill portions. So if you stop in one of these areas, remember to move aside.

How to get there: Park at Philip Arnold Park and head right on Beacon Way. The two entrances are on your right off of Beacon Way.


Tiger Mountain West No. 3 Trail

West No. 3 Trail offers a great panoramic view of Seattle at the top. The hike to the top and back is a little more than five miles with roughly 2,000 feet of elevation change.

There's interesting scenery on the way up, but make note that bikes are not allowed on the trail.

How to get there: Take Exit 20 off of I-90, about three miles east of Issaquah, and take a right at the bottom of the ramp. Take a right at the intersection nearby and follow the road to the parking lot.

Cougar Mountain Anti-Aircraft Trail

The Anti-Aircraft Trail is low on challenge, but high on neat things to see. You'll come across a clay mine (ugly from a distance, but interesting up close), a covered mine shaft, of course the "Million Dollar View" near the parking lot overlooking Lake Sammamish.

How to get there: From Renton, take exit 10 at Coal Creek Parkway Southeast off of 405 north and turn right onto Coal Creek Parkway. Turn left onto Forest Drive Southeast. Take a left at Lakemont Boulevard Southest. Then turn at the first right onto Southeast Cougar Mountain Way. Continue onto 168th Place Southeast, which turns into Southeast 60th Street. Take a slight right at Southeast Cougar Mountain Drive. Then just follow Cougar Mountain Drive until you reach the parking lot.

Canoe and kayak

Renton Boathouse and Paddlesports Shop

There are plenty of options from rentals, to classes, to day trips. Go to for more information.

How to get there: The office is located at 1060 Nishiwaki Lane in Cedar River Trail Park.

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