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 hiking, walking, nature trips, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.9 miles
223 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips



3 months ago

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.

4 months ago

Super easy and fun!

6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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!

6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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!

7 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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

10 months ago

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.

road biking
Friday, March 13, 2015

The trail was fun easy going mostly down hill. Coming back wasn't as smooth. its not quite 3 miles. Kinda a busy trail system. Lots of people walking and skateboarders... But a enjoyable ride.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

I have to say, the description of this trail is off a bit. First of all its not a six mile trail. It is a 3 mile paved trail that you can go out and back on to make into 6 miles if you want to. It is open to walking, running and biking all the same. If you walk or run the trail, I recommend staying on the right hand side as bikers tend to go through this trail at a pretty good clip. Second, the singletrack mountain biking trails on the north end of the park (more than 4 miles in my estimation) twist and turn and cross in so many places I've turned this into a 13 mile hike myself. What I'm saying is, there is lots of room to customize this system of trails to whatever kind of activity or workout you want. Keep in mind, if you plan to use the mountain biking trails there are no maps to help you. Furthermore, there are also no signs anywhere in the trail system. I would not let that scare you off, just leave yourself extra time to explore.

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