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Tukwila/Christiansen Trail-Blogging the Centurion Achievement Challenge in 2013 #30

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I set out for Tukwila to do a 5k around Fort Dent between rain showers, but my afternoon turned out pleasantly different than expected. When I opened the walk box given me by the cheerful desk clerks at the Hampton Suites, I noticed there were 2 walks out of this location. The one I did not know about started in Tukwila and headed south. Just a few weeks ago, on the Puyallup walk I learned of a plan to link Mount Rainier with Tukwila. I was curious to see if this was part of that proposed trail system.

I started south on the Interurban trail. The Interurban Trail links Tukwila, to communities to the south along a near-straight 14 mile-long alignment following the historic Interurban Rail Line. This will be the trail that eventually links to the previously mentioned trail.

However, only a kilometer down the path, the route leaves the Interurban, crosses a fairly busy street and joins the Green River Trail. In contrast to the straight Interurban trail , the GRT is like a giant snake as it follows a route between the Green River and the office buildings and suburban warehouses that have replaced the farmland that I remember as a child.

At 5k route enters and Brisco Park, just over the Kent city line.

After circling the park, the return route is the same.

I noted this marker along the river. I know this river floods, but I was surprised how high the "high water" mark was.

It was mostly sunny and about 65 degrees on the way home. A lovely spring afternoon. I stopped to smell the roses.

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