Des Moines Creek Trail

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Des Moines Creek Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Seattle, Washington that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 239 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

nature trips




3 months ago

Beautiful lovely and Quite trail to walk around.

3 months ago

Started at the 200th trail head (very small parking lot) walked down to the end of the dock and back. 5.5 miles round-trip. Nice paved path. Loud low flying aircraft from SeaTac.

4 months ago

Walked this short paved trail while on a business trip. Walked from my hotel. Beautiful view once you get to the beach. Walked into Des Moines and had dinner at Walleys - really good food.

trail running
4 months ago

Nice paved trail for a short run. The trail runs along the creek, surrounded by trees, and has beautiful views of the Puget Sound at the end of the trail. Parking at the SeaTac trailhead is free. Noisy because of the aircraft.

4 months ago

Nice little paved trail for a run.

10 months ago

great hike. loved the blackberry bushes. it got noisy sometimes with planes flying over us but other then that I really enjoyed it.

11 months ago

Pretty little trail. Good for a nice jog. Enough scenery to keep me engaged.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

This is a pleasant paved walk through a shaded riparian ecosystem that is two miles each way in distance. The grade is minimal, thus the trail can accommodate walkers, runners, cyclists, and those with strollers. We walked from the SeaTac entrance to Puget Sound where we were met by ducks, Canada geese, and gulls. There are distance markers each quarter mile. The only downside is constant jet noise and a sewage treatment plant about halfway along the trail.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Nice walking trail down to the water

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Love this beautiful trail! Extremely shaded and wide enough for a stroller and some friends...Steady incline... Easy enough for kids...Goes along a gorgeous creek..2 miles up and 2 down for a total of 4 miles. Parking lots at both ends.. We even saw bunnies!!! Also a few scattered benches if you need to break. There is "poop hill" which has a funky smell for a very short time due to the sanitation plant...Also close to the airport so you do hear planes overhead but I don't mind it too much! Still an enjoyable trail!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Great trail to walk. It's clean and quiet.

road biking
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Very short out to Puget on a bike. Not really good for a major cycling work out. Good trail for people who want an easy workout. Good running trail. Takes you out to Puget Sound. Has trails off of the pavement. You good take a mountain bike on the off shoot trails.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Nicely paved flat trail in a valley which follows the Des Moines Creek to/from 200th and the Des Moines Park/Marina. While the trail is amidst neighborhoods... it feels very remote and is mostly serene. There is a short part of the trail which passes a waste water treatment facility... so there's a funky smell for less than 100 yards of the trail. We are generally out and about midday on weekdays, so we rarely see other people on trails. We had this one to ourselves most of the time, passed about 3 other people. There are adequate trash receptacles for doggy poo bags, so it's makes this a great option for people with furbabies!!! Park at either the Des Moines Creek Park lot or at the lot just off 200th and 20th. We prefer to park at the Park near the Marina... so we can walk the pier and let the dogs play on the beach at the end of the out and back trail.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Super easy and fun!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

An incredible oasis any time of year amid suburban sprawl. There are only five public accesses to Puget Sound in all of South King County for 725,000 people and this is one of three in the City of Des Moines (the others are at Saltwater State Park and Redondo). Given that much of the burden for maintaining and preserving the lower reaches of this wonderful feature falls on just the 31,000 people of Des Moines, it doesn't seem unreasonable that the 80 percent of non-resident parking lot users are asked to contribute a measly $1 per hour to help preserve the parking lot that is in danger of being closed due to seawall failure. Easily the cost of that latte you're trying to walk off anyway. Heck, it's $10 bucks at Saltwater State Park.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

it's very pretty but lots of noise from planes. for me, it defeats the purpose of getting out into nature because I look for serenity, but for those who enjoy planes you'll love it!

Monday, August 14, 2017

I do this several times a week; it's great and fully paved. I am really disappointed that they started charging for parking down at the beach end (I liked the up and then down) and so I now park at the S 200th st entrance which is in Seatac and they do not charge parking there.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

One of my favorite go to spots to walk my dogs! If your looking for a in the woods hike it's not that. They do charge to park there now. $1.00 per hour or $5.00 for the day!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

6/24/2017 (Saturday) -- The beach park has a large parking lot, a long bridge stretching into the sea for catching crabs. A weekend farmer's market attracts a huge crowd of people. The sewer treatment plant is located 3/4 mile from the beach. This is a hot early summer day, but a morning walk in the woods is OK.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Was a great walk ....def. going to do again

Friday, April 07, 2017

I was disappointed only because I was hoping for Hiking... the walking path is nice though. Very peaceful next to the water. I will walk this again in tennis shoes not hiking boots.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Lets be realistic... This is a trail in the middle of an urban area. This is not a secluded nature tail in the mountains. So given its urban location, this is one of the best trails to take to get outside and enjoy fresh air and exercise. Double thumbs up. Except there are no potties at the SeaTac entrance. That's a bummer.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

easy walking trail, great for jogging because it's flat. beautiful

Thursday, October 20, 2016

I love this trail it is the best trail ever

Monday, September 12, 2016

It's a nice trail for beginners. it's a clear path with nice visuals of nature. the only downside is the water treatment plant that get a bit smelly. other then that it's a nice clean and friendly trail.

Friday, July 29, 2016

If you start down by the water, the hike is a good moderate uphill trek. Only downfall for me was the water treatment plant around mile 1. Kinda smelly and gross while you're trying to breathe and legitimately exercise. Other than that, it's a decent paved trail with a lot of people.

mountain biking
Monday, April 25, 2016

It's ok for a beginner like me

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Too many people for my liking. I prefer solitude while hiking!

Friday, April 08, 2016

Nice walk, good exercise, sounds of the creek are relaxing. Only complaint is no honey buckets at the north trail head. 4 miles is a long way with no restroom when hiking with kids.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Enjoyable walk/hike through the lush greenery and near the creek.

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