Indian & Moonlight Trails


Day Hike - Indian & Moonlight Trails

Join local members Elston and Jackie Hill to see one of Burien’s little gems: the “Indian Trail” on a fun Thanksgiving Holiday weekend walk. Enjoy views of the beach and Puget Sound as well as people's back yards.

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  • Sat, Nov 26, 2016
  • Foothills Hiking Committee
  • Day Hiking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 2.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 330 ft

9:30 am at Elston and Jackie Hill's house, 16715, 32nd Ave. SW, Burien, WA 98166. Directions will be sent to those who register

We will follow local Mountaineer members Elston and Jackie Hill to the Moonlight trail and from there down to the seashore at Three Tree Point. From there 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 the 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 either return the same way via the trail that often will show us something interesting we missed on the way out or we will follow local roads back to Elston and Jackie’s home.

 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.

Jackie Hill has kindly offered to prepare her wonderful soup and provide coffee and some snacks to fortify us on our return



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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