Tukwila Station – McMicken Heights

Stroll through two city parks and explore the neighborhoods south of Tukwila Station, with views of the Green River Valley, Mt. Rainier, and the Cascades.  The 5K and 10K routes both start at Tukwila Station, and finish at SeaTac Station, for a ride on Light Rail back to the Start Location.  Purchase of fare required to board Light Rail for the return trip (to download a pdf with tips on riding Light Rail, click here).

Note, starting in 2023, this walk will be available only on the Online Start Box.

Distance & Trail Rating:  5K and 10K.  Rating: 2B.

Online Start Box: Registration is available on the Online Start Box.  For registration information, go to ava.org, or try this link.  Once you’ve registered online, the walk directions and map will be available for you to download.  Or you may register at the Physical Start Box, as described below:

Start Location:  Arco Station.  15252 International Blvd., Tukwila, WA  98188.  Start Box is a plastic file box – kindly ask for it at the counter.  Note, there are two different walks which start here, each with its own Start Box.  The one for this walk is a black file box and is labeled “McMicken” (Start Box for the other walk is clear plastic, and labeled “Tukwila Station-North”).

Start Location Hours:  Open 24 hours, daily.  Walk hours dawn to dusk only.

Amenities:  Restrooms: yes  |  Pets: no  |  Strollers: no  |  Wheelchairs: no

Comments:   Restrooms are available at the parks, seasonally.  Pets are not allowed on Light Rail.  See comment below about parking.

AVA Special Programs:  Airports – Celebrating American Flight.  Rockin’ Around the Clock

Walk to Start from Tukwila Station:  Disembark the train and take the escalators to street level.  Turn left and cross the parking lot at the dedicated sidewalk.  Go up the steps and turn left on Southcenter Blvd.   At the light, turn right and cross Southcenter Blvd.    Arco is on the corner.  See map below.

Driving Directions:  From I-5 northbound, take exit 154A (SR-518 West / SeaTac Airport).  Stay in left exit lane, following signs for SeaTac Airport, and crossing over I-5.  Move to right lane for the “Airport” exit near the top of the hill.  This becomes a 3-lane exit.  Stay in middle lane that veers right to S. 154th St.  Turn right onto 154th, then move to the middle-left lane to make a wide-left turn onto International Blvd.   Arco is on the corner.

From I-5 southbound, take exit 154B (Southcenter).  Stay in far right exit lane and turn right onto Southcenter Blvd.  Drive uphill one mile.  Arco is on the right.

Parking:  Parking at store is ok to register, then move your car.  See the Start Box for printed directions to free street parking along the walk route.  Parking at the Tukwila Light Rail Station lot is for Light Rail riders only.

Metro Bus:  Rapid A, Rapid F, 124, 128.

Contact:  Richard Williamson  (253) 854-1477

Sponsoring Club:  Four-Plus Foolhardy Folks

AVA Walk Sanction Number:  Y2652