Indian & Moonlight Trails


Day Hike - Indian & Moonlight Trails

Join local members Elston and Jackie Hill to see nne of Burien’s little gems is the “Indian Trail”. Enjoy views of the beach and Puget Sound as well as people's back yards

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 3.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 320 ft

9:30 am at Elston and Jackie Hill's house, 16715, 32nd Ave. SW, Burien, WA 98166

GPS location: 47.453818, -122.372710


This wandering, varied trail winds high above the shoreline strip of SW 172nd St. in Burien – the “Sunrise Trail” – and then, from Three Tree Point northward, parallels Maplewild Ave. SW – the “Sunset Trail”. It is said to be the remnant of a trail used long ago by the local Native American tribes as they traveled from the south end of Puget Sound to the north.

Local Mountaineer members Elston and Jackie Hill will show us the way down the Moonlight Trail to the seashore where the Indian Trail will take us along an intriguing path with access to the beach at several points with views along the coast. The trail is similar to a pre-road era where narrow public walkways existed between homes. The trail has homes above and below, some perched on stilts, others luxuriously enjoying a large spot on the hill. We will pass by front doors, back doors or long staircases or switchbacking trails dropping down to beach houses. Many have no access other than by foot on hiking trails or by sea. As far as recorded, the path has been called Indian Trail so imagine this as the path that Indians followed as a shoreline route around the point. Artifacts have been unearthed and collected during various construction projects and by the local residents. The south end of the trail has beach access as well as does one small lot near the north end. We will return the same way via the trail that often will show us something interesting we missed on the way out.

 The round trip distance is about 3 miles. We will lose approximately 320 feet on the way down to the shore and will regain it on the way back.


Indian & Moonlight Trails

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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