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Boeing Creek Loop
Boeing Creek Loop
Boeing Creek Park boasts one of the finest hikes in the greater Seattle area for parents with young children in tow. Not only is it a quick drive to the trailhead, but it also features old growth fir trees, several fun creek crossings, a lake full of ducks, and even a playground option if things go south. And you can do it year-round, rain or shine!
Yes indeed, this is good land. In fact, when William Boeing's humble little airplane company took flight and made him wealthy beyond imagination, guess where he purchased his dream property? That's right, smack dab in the current location of Boeing Creek Park. (Hence the name.)
The loop trail through the park can be accessed from several different starting points, but it's most rewarding to begin at the northeast corner of the park along 175th Street. From here you'll weave together several short trails to make a loop that clocks in just over 1.5 miles. We encourage you to bring along the trail map provided by the City of Shoreline.
Facing the detention pond trail, head right (west) along the gravel to join the Boeing Creek Loop Trail. At 0.25 mile, head right onto Hidden Lake Loop Trail and immediately cross over Boeing Creek on a series of round stepping stones. Another quarter-mile of walking along the creek will deliver you at Hidden Lake, a small half-private, half-public lake that is not suited for swimming, but that doesn't apply to ducks, and it's likely you'll see a feathered friend floating the lake.
From here, climb away from the lake, making a 180-degree turn to the north (left) and soon after arriving at a soccer field with a playground and restroom beyond (a good backup plan). At almost 1.0 mile, rejoin the Boeing Creek Loop Trail and follow it back around to the detention pond loop trail where you began. You'll pass through Dry Creek Crossing at 1.25 miles, and arrive back at the starting point at just over 1.5 miles. Those kids will sleep well tonight!
Permits & Tips
No permits required. Bathrooms available at main parking lot in the middle of the park (near the playground). With so many intersecting routes, we recommend bringing along the free trail map of Boeing Creek Park provided by the City of Shoreline. Dogs allowed on leash.
How to get there
From Seattle, head north on I-5 to exit 176 for NE 175th.
Turn left (west) onto 175th and drive less than a mile to Aurora Ave.
Turn left onto Aurora, and after a half-mile, turn right onto 165th Street.
Follow 165th for 0.5 miles, then veer right onto Carlyle Hall Road. Carlyle Hall Road becomes 3rd Ave after a half-mile.
Finally, turn left back onto 175th Street, and find parking next to the park on the south side of the road.