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China Lake

Puget Sound and Islands


Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area
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1.0 miles of trails


Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 300 ft.


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China Lake is a natural area wedged between Highway 16 and a residential neighborhood right next to Tacoma Community College. This small lake park includes a few different access points with sparse parking that connect to a series of trails that go around the lake and connect to the surrounding streets. 

The main entry point is along South 19 Street at the southwest corner of the park. From here, a short stretch of trail enters the park and immediately forks. Choose either a clockwise or counterclockwise route at this point by heading right or left. 

Heading clockwise, the trail parallels the lake shore for 0.3 mile, passing a spur trail heading left to Winnifred Street. Carrying on the trail comes to a junction at the north end of the lake. Head right to continue a loop around the lake. Turning left will take you north through forest to the 2 other entry points: the corner of Winnifred and 13 Street, and 12 Street.


China Lake

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.2430, -122.5103 Open map in new window


Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

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Getting There

From I-5 near Tacoma, merge onto Highway 16 west. Stay on Highway 16 for about 2.5 miles. Take exit 2B for North Orchard Street. At the end of the off-ramp, turn right onto Orchard Street for 0.2 mile. Then turn right onto 19 Street for 0.3 mile, then turn right onto Shirley Street into the parking area. Room for 5 cars to park here. 

Additional access points can be found along Winnifred Street and on the corner of Winnifred and 13 Street. Parking for 2-3 cars at each point.

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