Des Moines Creek Park & Trail


Day Hike - Des Moines Creek Park & Trail

Experience the wilderness beauty of the Des Moines Creek canyon to and from our lunch spot at a picnic table by Puget Sound, with nice restrooms nearby.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 200 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 10:30 AM by the restrooms at Angle Lake Park, 19408 International Blvd, Sea-Tac., reached from I-5 by taking the S 200th St exit, heading west on S 200th St, turning right onto International Blvd (Pacific Hwy S) and right at S 195th St to enter Angle Lake Park.  No parking pass is required there or at the trailhead. 

From Angle Lake Park we will caravan to the nearby trailhead parking lot, reached by turning left onto International Blvd, right at S 200th St, and left at the traffic light at the bottom of the hill, to enter the Des Moines Creek Trail parking lot.  No parking pass is required there.  There is no restroom facility there, but there are restrooms at Angle Lake Park and our lunch spot at Des Moines Creek Park.  Either before or after lunch, we will have the option to walk to the end of the Des Moines pier to take in the nice view from there up and down Puget Sound.  In the event of inclement weather, we can eat our lunch in a covered picnic shelter with restrooms close by.  Otherwise we can eat at a picnic table closer to Puget Sound.

Our hiking trail parallels Des Moines Creek, winding through a forested canyon to Des Moines Creek Park, which was once a church retreat center, now owned by the City of Des Moines.  The retreat buildings are being renovated one by one to serve current needs.  One of the renovated buildings has the restrooms and picnic shelter that we will be able to use.  Exhibits in the park chronicle its history.


Des Moines Creek Park & Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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