Need more kid friendly hikes and walks? For today’s hike with the kids, our writer mom, Julie Collins, explored the trails at Tehaleh and found lots to love for the whole family-and, yes, Tehaleh’s trails and playground are open to the public.
Today I headed over to Tehaleh in Bonney Lake to check out their trail system. Both of my kids were in school, and I knew that a solo walk would give me more flexibility (and speed!).
I parked by The Post, a building that houses Caffe’ D’Arte, community information, and a bathroom. My plan had been to pretty much wing it on my walk/hike and not worry too much where I was going. However, as I headed out I met Jennifer Lang, Tehaleh’s Marketing Manager who asked if I could use a map and/or any suggestions for a trail. Five minutes later I was back out the door with a trail map and directions for following the Forest Loop Trail, a 3.31 mile trail that loops around the entire east side of Tehaleh. I had a great walk that led me through forests, along a wetland, up a ridge, and around two ponds.
There is no doubt that these trails are an awesome addition to Tehaleh. The trails are mostly gravel and stroller friendly. There are access points to the trails in every area, so it’s easy to hop on a trail for a stroll, hike, bike ride, or run. Many of the trails also lead past or very near one of the playgrounds or other natural areas. There are also trailside benches for weary legs. However, expect to see and hear construction sights and sounds. Tehaleh is already large, and will continue to grow for some time.
My son already loves the playgrounds here, and I can see us combining a walk/playground visit. Here are a couple of suggestions that you might enjoy!
- Forest Loop Trail (entire loop): This is the 3.31 mile trail that starts at The Post and makes a big loop. The east side of the loop has some climbing. It was great for me (alone) today, but my kids might lose interest in the trail when they catch sight of a playground. I can see moms with strollers or babes in carriers enjoying this walk.
- Forest Loop Trail to Sprouts Holler: Head north from The Post for .57 miles. Turn right before crossing the street to Sprouts Holler in .23 miles. You could loop around on the sidewalk to return to The Post, or go back the way you came. Another option here is to cross the street and continue on the trail to Forest Park, which houses a living room in the forest, which would be a great place to hang out and have a snack. From here you can continue on and loop around to the playground or back track the way you came.
- Forest Loop Trail to Sticks’n’Stones: Head south from The Post and follow the Forest Loop Trail past wetlands, woods, and ponds for slightly over a mile. Cross the main entrance road to the playground. It’s about a half mile by sidewalk back to The Post, or you can head back on the trail.
Tehaleh has 10 miles of trails/paths so there’s plenty to explore!