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Des Moines Creek Trail

Posted by joeabbott on March 17, 2013

imageJust south of SeaTac is the community/town of Des Moines; while lesser well-known than Des Moines, Iowa, it’s a fine place to visit. So, with a rare bit of March sun shining on us and a belly full of dim sum, Suzy and I decided to walk the 2-mile trail that is the Des Moines Creek Trail.

From the map on the right, you should be able to figure out where the trail runs even without it being marked: it’s be smack dab through the heart of the green belt running from S 200th Street down to Des Moines Beach Park.

I found the area last year when I was looking for a place to mountain bike; the park came up on a search of SeaTac biking trails. At two miles long, it’s a bit of a short ride, but there are many dirt tracks branching off from the paved and painted asphalt trail. Write-ups on the park suggest that the hills aren’t aggressive and it’s a pleasant ride, with some comments suggesting a build-out of the nearby correctional facility has ruined some of the “flow”.


The other day Suzy remembered us stopping at the parking area off 200th and suggested it might be a nice place for a ride. At the time we started off on our stroll, we had no idea where it ended, so it was a bit of a delight to espy the marina at the end of our walk. We will sometimes get takeout food and park at the piers to enjoy the view of the water.

We took an investigatory branch or two, checking out a bridge spanning the creek and adjacent stairway into a nearby neighborhood, poking about logs that had been chained together for some unknown reason, or just stopping to look around at the great trees, mosses and ferns.

WP_20130316_012WP_20130316_011It’s a wonderful place to while away a leisurely hour.

We were a little footsore on the way down but the way back somehow seemed faster, even though we were heading uphill. Funny how the way goes more quickly when you know what to expect and look for.

On the trail we saw a number of walkers, a few dogs, and the occasional biker, but on the whole we had enough solitude to enjoy a stroll together. If you get a chance to take this walk, prepare to be relaxed and enjoy some serenity. No “wows” here, just peaceful green and a jumbo jet or two passing overhead.


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