Buckley is a vacation destination for anyone who loves the great outdoors. If you’ve been looking for that classic Washington landscape, this is the place to find it. From fresh green smells for human and doggie noses, to the most fun you’ll ever have exercising, Buckley is the place for you. Before you hit the trails, familiarize yourself with one of Buckley’s five animal hospitals and vets. It’s good to have a plan, and Buckley gives you plenty of options.
If you’re looking for a moderate hike that showcases the best of Buckley, hike the Summit Lake Trail. This 5.7 mile trail is out and back, so you can turn around at any point. This trail gets you a gorgeous view of the lake! If you’re looking for something a little less challenging, try Skookum Flats Trail. This 4.6 mile trail is also out and back, but it’s across much flatter terrain. Leashed dogs are welcome to use the trail, but remember to share the road!
Buckley even has affordable, pet-friendly travel. Slip into something comfortable at the Econo Lodge Buckley! For a small pet fee you can dream the night away and wake up ready to tackle the next gorgeous Buckley trail.
Downtown Buckley is the perfect place to paws for a bite to eat. Wally’s Drive In is a slice of pure Americana. Settle down with your pup for a bite of the best American comfort foods: burgers, crispy fries, and milkshakes so thick, you should bring your spoon! Their dog friendly outdoor tables mean that you don’t have to eat in your car, drive-in or not! When you’ve finished your meal, leash up your dog and walk through Wally’s Park. This small add on is a great place to stretch your legs after a long day or a good meal!
The Enumclaw Trailhead is a great place to start your outdoor adventure! This path winds through the Mountain Creek neighborhood of Buckley, and is well worth the visit. The path is dotted in several places with artwork by local sculptors! Leash up your dog and get a taste of authentic buckley culture: art and exercise! This trail is an out and back affair, so you should gauge your pace to be sure you’re keeping your walk comfortable. When you’ve walked about half as long as you’d like to in the future, turn around and come on back! Pack your own water to stay hydrated on the hike.
Central South Prairie is a strip that runs alongside the freeway as it cuts through the town of South Prairie, and is just a three minute drive from Buckley. Veteran’s Park is a fantastic place to stretch your legs and honor the locals. This small park has a small monument and benches dedicated to local soldiers. Leashed dogs are allowed, though you may want to take a little extra care to pick up after your pet. This park’s location is a great thing; it’s easy to get to and ensures that many visitors will see this monument. This park has green space to walk, but nothing else in the way of amenities.
The Third Street Park and Trailhead in Cascade Junction is the southernmost park in Buckley! This tiny park sits a few streets back from the highway, but is worth seeking out. There is a small playground with play equipment. If you want swings, slides, and climbing, this is the place to visit! Dogs will love the green grass. Follow the scent of squirrels to the trees, or keep your dogs back if you want to see some yourself! The trail at Third Street Park is short, but worthwhile. Stretch your dog’s legs and your own as you’re passing through this charming Washington town.
Pup into the car and head just four minutes up the road from Buckley to the small town of Enumclaw. There you’ll find the Boise Creek Park. Baseball is the name of the game at Boise Creek Park, but there are things to do besides little league! There is a small playground for the kids and green space to walk your dog! Dogs have to stay on leash in this park, but there’s enough to see and do that that shouldn’t be a problem. Walk laps of the ball field if you’re just looking to work up a sweat. Amble through the lush grass and under the trees if you’d rather take your time.