Trail: Des Moines Creek Trail

Distance: 4 mile round trip out and back

Surface: Pavement

Elevation: Minimal gain 

Autumnal Run on the Des Moines Creek TrailOne 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.

Autumnal Run on the Des Moines Creek TrailThere 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.

Des Moines Beach Park - Autumnal Run on the Des Moines Creek TrailThe 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.

Autumnal Run on the Des Moines Creek TrailThe 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.

Autumnal Run on the Des Moines Creek Trail