Trail: Des Moines Creek Trail

Distance: 4 mile round trip out and back

Surface: Pavement

Elevation: Minimal gain 

One of my favorite Northwest autumnal activities is enjoying the beauty of fall foliage. While there are many options throughout the region, some of the best can be found right here in Seattle Southside. One of my favorite ways to get out and see the leaves is by going on an outdoor run. My most recent discovery took me to the Des Moines Creek Trail.

The trail head starts on 200th street where there is a designated trail parking lot and tons of those super handy ‘doggie bags’. The trail is paved the whole way creating a clean and stable surface wide enough to generously share with runners, walkers, strollers and cyclists.

There are mile markers every ¼ for the entire 2 mile duration. The trail meanders the winding curves of the Des Moines Creek through a peaceful wooded backdrop. This particular evening was especially beautiful with leaves in every color of burnt orange and crisp yellow hue imaginable.

The trail ends where the creek meets the Puget Sound at the Des Moines Beach Park. I happened upon this portion of my adventure just before sunset and snapped this gorgeous picture.

The park is well equipped with various picnic areas and benches as well as a short pier.

Informational historical markers can be found here as well with interesting insight into the small city's past. I could have spent the entire evening enjoying the tide pools but I wanted to get back to my car before it got dark and chilly. Turning around and heading the 2 miles back, I promised myself to return.


Q: How long is Des Moines Creek Trail?

A: Des Moines Creek Trail is 4 miles round trip, and is popular for walking, running, biking, and even skate boarding.


Q: Where is parking for Des Moines Creek Trail?

A: There are a few parking spots are available in the park, and many more right outside the park near the Des Moines Fishing Pier.


Q: Are dogs allowed on Des Moines Creek Trail?

A: Dogs are allowed on Des Moines Creek Trail as long as they are on a leash.