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Northwest Trek Wildlife Park Eatonville

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Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
11610 Trek Dr E
Eatonville
WA
98328
Tel: 360 832 6117

Directions

From Seattle Traveling south on I-5, exit to the left at exit #154A (I-405 north to Renton). Travel 2 miles on I-405 to exit #2 (SR 167 south to Renton and Auburn). Travel 20 miles south on SR 167 and exit to SR 512 (west to Puyallup). Travel 3.5 miles and exit at SR 161 (to South Hill and Eatonville). Turn left at the light and travel south 17 miles. Northwest Trek is on the left side of the highway. From Downtown Tacoma Traveling south on I-5, take exit #127 (SR 512 to Puyallup). Travel east on SR 512 for about 8 miles to SR 161 (Eatonville exit). Turn right onto SR 161 off SR 512. Follow SR 161 south for 17 miles. Northwest Trek is on the left side of the highway. From Olympia Traveling north on I-5, take exit #111 and go east on SR 510. Follow SR 510 for about 16 miles to Yelm. In Yelm, SR 510 becomes SR 507. Continue straight through Yelm on SR 507 for about 3 miles until you reach McKenna. Turn right at the first stoplight in McKenna onto SR 702. Travel for 10 miles on SR 702 until SR 7. Cross SR 7 at the blinking light and turn right following the Eatonville Cut Off road. Proceed until you reach SR 161 at Barney's Corner. Turn left onto SR 161. Northwest Trek is about two miles north on the right side of the highway. From Portland and points south Traveling north on I-5, take the SR 12 exit to Morton and Mount St. Helens. Turn left onto SR 7 to Elbe. You will come to a "T" at Elbe. Turn left on SR 706 to Tacoma. Near Alder Lake you will see a sign for Eatonville. Turn right onto SR 161 traveling to Eatonville. Follow SR 161 through Eatonville. Northwest Trek is six miles north of Eatonville on SR 161 on the right side of the highway.

Where are we going today?

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is a treasure for wildlife enthusiasts. The signature tram tour through the 435-acre free-roaming area offers the opportunity to spot different species of animals as they wander through forests, wetlands and meadows. In the core walking-tour area, visitors can get a peek at native wild canines and cats as well as forest and wetland critters. The 723-acre park has a little bit of everything: lakes, trails, meadows and plenty of animals. Located near Mount Rainier in Washington state just south of Seattle and Tacoma, Northwest Trek is home to more than 200 North American animals representing more than 30 species.
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    The cafe is terrible; if we would have skipped the cafe I would be giving this place 4-stars. I'll start with the positives... The animal exhibits were nice, the park is very well maintained, and the park staff was friendly. At less than $20 per person it was a good value. The tram was fantastic.

    The cafe on the other hand didn't match the park experience. Terribly overpriced for what you're getting and customer service was shockingly bad. The $9 cheesebuger is cafeteria quality at best and any produce (lettuce, tomato, onion) is an extra...Read More

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    Great outdoor experience. You can really spend all day there. Much more enjoyable than a traditional zoo to me. The otters are so great.

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    That big place.It was nice tour. but there are two things I want they to fix. The animals in this park are little.and the food is so bad there.

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    Awesome my daughter, her friends and dad go at least 3 to 5 times a year it's always fun and beautiful and also inexpensive considering the money goes back into wildlife conservation! #FNAWESOME #

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    Our students have enjoyed having Jessica Moore out to teach the process and benefits of nature mapping. They practiced citizen science as they went out to the field and collected data that was input into a national database. We are thrilled to visit the park in May for our cumulative field trip!

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by Richard Iddings

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The cafe is terrible; if we would have skipped the cafe I would be giving this place 4-stars. I'll start with the positives... The animal exhibits were nice, the park is very well maintained, and the park staff was friendly. At less than $20 per person it was a good value. The tram was fantastic.

The cafe on the other hand didn't match the park experience. Terribly overpriced for what you're getting and customer service was shockingly bad. The $9 cheesebuger is cafeteria quality at best and any produce (lettuce, tomato, onion) is an extra $0.50... They made a mistake and only brewed sweetened tea the day we visited; my wife wanted unsweetened tea so asked for a refund on her beverage order, this request was met with digust from the manager who in turn treated my wife extremely poorly. I find it odd they don't provide straws or lids (you know, to protect the animals) yet they have no issues giving you apples in plastic bags, using plastic coated paper cups, plastic flatware, and a multitude of other poorly gradeable products. Lets me honest - they don't provide lids or straws because they want to save money while charging customers the maximum they think they can get. Use paper straws (like the Monterey Bay Aquarium) if you care so much about the environment - but based on the everything else the cafe provides, I can deduce they really don't care and only use it as an excuse.

Bottom line, preserve a positive experience and skip the cafe... The rest of the park is gem.

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