This trail along Pacific Way offers a nice way to enjoy nature in town. While it's 2.5-miles long, it is broken up by a gated section that passes the Mint Valley Golf Course.
Still, it's possible to enjoy a mile or so of walking on either end of this trail. Starting from a fair-sized parking area at 30th Avenue, visitors can walk, bike, or jog. If you visit with pups, please keep them on leash; the area is a nesting area for wild fowl between March and July.
Expect to spy ducks and other birds in the water, as well as a variety of reeds and huge trees opposite you as you walk. Unfortunately, the dike itself is unshaded and this area can be very hot in summer. Bring water, even if it's just a short walk.
1.18 miles from the trailhead, arrive at 38th Ave. Across the street is the Mint Valley Golf Course. At the other end of the section of trail that borders the golf course, you can rejoin the trail at 42nd Ave and continue all the way to where it ends at 48th Avenue.
The entire length is 2.5 miles, making for a 5-mile roundtrip if you hike from end to end and back.