Matthews Beach & Thornton Creek

Hike along the longest and largest Seattle water shed, Thornton Creek. Marvel at the Meadowbrook Pond stormwater retention facility posing as a natural are for urban wildlife.

on the trail

Follow Thornton Creek from Matthews Beach on Lake Washington to the Knickerbocker Flood Plain.  Linger at Meadowbrook Pond to figure out the flood control function while marveling at the wildlife -- so many different ducks. Several stairways featured in Walk 5 in Seattle Stairway Walks complement this up and down adventure.  The main source for this enhanced route is Seattle Walks (Williams, 2017) Hike 11

  • Difficulty: Easy+
  • Length: 5.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 633 ft
  • 550 ft
  • Seattle City Map
  • Red Marker
    47.696707, -122.274055
    47.696707434 -122.274055481
  • Red Marker
    47.697614, -122.304856
    47.6976143956 -122.304855824

Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - Matthews Beach & Thornton Creek

Day Hiking Trip
Night hikers start at Matthews Beach to explore Meadowbrook Pond, then trace Thornton Creek to
Difficulty: Easy+
Tue, Mar 20, 2018
No Prerequisites
6 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Mar 19
Seattle Branch
Trip Reports

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  • Maple Leaf & Thornton Creek Stairways
  • Meadowbrook Pond and Thornton Creek
  • Matthews Beach and Thornton Creek

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