The Hiker Mama

Boeing Creek Park

Distance: There are 4 miles of trails in the park.

Elevation Gain:

Maximum Elevation:

Season: Year-round

Map: Download a pdf here.

Description: Tucked in the west part of Shoreline is this hidden park that makes for some fun outings with children. I had driven by this park for years before stopping to explore the trails. Boeing Creek creates a deep valley with steep sides, and empties into Hidden Lake. We parked on the street on 175th, and hiked along the stream to the lake, which is bordered on the north end by private homes. We followed the trail up the southern hillside to where it comes out next to the ball fields at Shoreview Park. We continued along the Forest Loop Trail, and then back down to the stream. We were able to make it across the creek both times without getting our feet wet, but in times of high water it may not be passable. There are some nice areas for kids to play in the water, or to just sit and observe. The highlight of the day for us was seeing a barred owl fly near us. Many other forest birds can be observed here, as well as water birds on the pond.

Directions: From I-5 in Seattle, take Exit 175 for N 175th St. Turn west onto 175th and continue to Highway 99/Aurora. Turn right and head north until you get to 185th St., then turn left onto 185th. Follow this road as it winds down toward Richmond Beach, then turn left onto Dayton Ave N. At St. Luke’s School, veer right onto Greenwood Pl. N, then turn right again onto N 175th. The park is 5 blocks ahead on the left. Parking is along 175th (the south side of the street) or on 3rd Ave NW. Alternatively, you can park up at the large parking area at Shoreview Park, 700 NW Innis Arden Way, where there are restrooms and play areas.

Links: WTA has a nice writeup about the park.