How could you not want to go to Mud Mountain? With elementary aged boys this had all the elements necessary for a great outing: mud, mountain, and a dam guarded by the army. Technically Mud Mountain is managed by the US Army Corp of Engineers, but there was no explaining that to my two.
Would I make this trip back to just past Enumclaw again? Probably not. The dam is interesting, but you see it from far away. All the photos I’d seen ahead of time (here, here, and here) were taken from a vantage point that we could not get to while at the dam. It looks like in Spring 2015 the short 1/2 mile path that runs from the lookout to the lower dam viewing location is closed about 1/2 way down.
That left us with the woodland trail, that walks along the rim of the valley. It was a beautiful walk.
We walked for about 5km along the trail. It was flat, meandering and peaceful. If I lived in the neighborhood, it would be my go to walking spot for walking the dog, but as a day trip from Seattle, there are many other paths and trails before getting all the way to Mud Mountain.
If you do visit Mud Mountain – as always the 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Seattle guide proves indispensable. The main trailhead for walking the rim is outside the park gates. Easy to find once you know, but not intuitive for the first time visitor.