Located in the quaint town of Medical Lake, Washington, you will find one of our family's favorite scenic trails. This trail is a 3.1 mile paved loop that's great for walking, running, and biking.
Trail Name: Medical Lake Access Trail
Length: 3.1 miles
Location: 47°34'41.0"N 117°41'31.8"W
We tend to start on the north side of the lake and do the loop backwards, as it gets us on the shady side of the trail first thing. Plus, this is where we see the most wildlife! I most recently walked this path mid-morning and saw countless birds, a couple turtles soaking up the sun, and a half dozen or so ground squirrels running around! At dusk, we've often come across deer on the trail as well.
There are a number of sitting areas along the trail which are great to stop and watch the wildlife. In addition, there are a number of informational signs to check out if you'd like to learn the history of the lake. We still stop to read the signs even after living in this tiny town for two decades, the kids love them!
There is an island located partway through the walk, where we often see turtles swimming. On this hike I didn't see any around the lake but did see a couple floating further down the trail. If you look close, you can see them!
At the opposite end of the lake you'll come across Waterfront Park, a great place to enjoy the shade and some swimming. The park also has restrooms and a play area if you need a pit stop.
Continuing along the path will take you to the east side of the lake, which is a bit more sunny and takes you through a residential area with bike paths. This will lead you back to the north parking lot.