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West Hylebos Wetlands Park

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  • Parking area and the David T. Denny Cabin in West Hylebos Wetlands Park.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
  • The Barker Cabin in West Hylebos Wetlands Park.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
  • The Barker Cabin in West Hylebos Wetlands Park.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
  • The Barker Cabin in West Hylebos Wetlands Park.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
  • The Barker Cabin in West Hylebos Wetlands Park.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
  • West Hylebos Wetlands Park.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
  • The day use picnic area in West Hylebos Wetlands Park.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
  • The day use picnic area in West Hylebos Wetlands Park.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
  • West Hylebos Wetlands Park orchard.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
  • Marlake in West Hylebos Wetlands Park.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
  • Marlake in West Hylebos Wetlands Park.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
  • The interpretive loop trail in West Hylebos Wetlands Park.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
  • West Hylebos Wetlands Park.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
  • The interpretive loop trail in West Hylebos Wetlands Park.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
  • Deep Sink Viewpoint in West Hylebos Wetlands Park.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
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  • Giant sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) in West Hylebos Wetlands Park.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
  • Interpretive loop trail in West Hylebos Wetlands Park.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
  • Interpretive loop trail in West Hylebos Wetlands Park.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
  • Brooklake in West Hylebos Wetlands Park.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
  • Brooklake viewpoint in West Hylebos Wetlands Park.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
  • Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis) in West Hylebos Wetlands Park.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
  • Red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa) in West Hylebos Wetlands Park.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
  • Interpretive loop trail w/ western red cedar (Thuja plicata) in West Hylebos Wetlands Park.- West Hylebos Wetlands Park
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Pros: 
Historc cabins. Interpretive nature trail system. Picnic areas.
Cons: 
Dogs not permitted.
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Region:
Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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One of the region's newest parks, West Hylebos Wetlands Park was created in 2004 after the community and a group called Friends of the Hylebos stewarded a transfer and aggregation of property from the state to the City of Federal Way. In total, the park now protects 120 acres of land, including wetlands, old-growth Sitka spruce (up to 600 years old), and western red cedar stands. The park also features several picnic areas, two small ponds, a 1.7-mile interpretive boardwalk trail system, bird watching platforms, and two historic cabins.

In fact, the 16-by-16-foot Barker Cabin that is located on the park's northern end is Federal Way's oldest standing structure. John Barker (1840-1929) built the cabin on the original 160-acre land claim, and he and his family lived there until 1890.

Built in 1889, the Denny Cabin stands just to the east of the Barker Cabin. Unlike the Barker Cabin, which originally stood only several miles further north near S 312th and S 7th Avenue, the Denny Cabin originally stood in Seattle at the base of Queen Anne, where it was used as a real estate office. The owner, David T. Denny, was one of Seattle's original founders, and he embarked westward on the Oregon Trail in 1851.

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