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a wide path through cedar trees

Soggy Bottom Public Trail

We made an agreement with King County to allow a public trail over our private property. We were inspired by our walks in Great Britain, and the way British trails connect over private land for the benefit of the public. Because of our love of walking, we wanted to perpetuate this idea in the United States. We also felt that allowing public access to a trail was a more equitable form of land ownership.  

Our forest is a working forest, we both plant and harvest trees for the health of the forest. You may see tree tubes with seedlings as part of our forest management. You may also see occasional downed timber or marked trees. We weed invasive species, especially Holly. 

map of spring lake/lake desire park and soggy bottom trail

for more on Spring Lake/Lake Desire Park visit the King County Parks website

If you want to access the public trail, the right of way originates from the Spring Lake Lake Desire Natural Area. We have two trail signs, one at each end of the trail. The easement with King County Parks is 10 feet wide. Our agreement with Parks states that we, as the property owners, are responsible for trail maintenance. However, King County Parks along with the Friends of the Trail has provided assistance with the removal of large items from the forest, such as over 60 tires. 

site plan of soggy bottom farm

The inspiration for our public trail

Leo by a trail marker and stile in the Lake District England

2013 Peak District

A 54 mile walk with Leo in England's Peak District introduced us to the benefits of public right of way trails.

Jay and Ivan on a trail through a wheat field in the Cotswolds England

2015 Cotswolds

A 45 mile walk in the Cotswolds with Ivan and Jean showed us a different area of the country with more crop land.

Leo and Jean on the Cataran Trail Scotland

2019 Scotland

Hiking the 64 mile Cateran Trail in Scotland with Leo and Jean showed us some of the least populated areas of Scotland. 

a link to Wikipedia on "Walking in the United Kingdom"

a link to the first article to inspire us to walk in the UK

Ken on the Soggy Bottom Public Trail
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