South Sea Tac Des Moines Creek Park Trail

Des Moines, Washington

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Set aside as an audio buffer zone for SeaTac International Airport, and later turned into a park, Des Moines Creek Park offers several miles of smooth, rolling, and twisting singletrack. The trails crisscross back and forth through an abandoned neighborhood surrounded by chain-link fencing and locked gates. The remaining landscaping has been left unkempt for all these years, creating an eerie, apocalyptic atmosphere. The overgrown streets are completely devoid of cars and houses. Some of the trails ride through what is left of the foundations of the many homes destroyed when the airport was built. The park is directly in the path that pilots use for takeoff. Despite the noise produced by the jets, the riding is big-time fun for any level of ability. The terrain lacks serious climbing or hardcore technical sections, but it is loaded with banked turns, hairpin curves, dips, drops, and jumps. There is even a BMX zone, Fun House, created by local riders. Trail surface: Hard-packed dirt, pavement, and sand.
Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area

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Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area

by Santo Criscuolo (Falcon Guides)

Set aside as an audio buffer zone for SeaTac International Airport, and later turned into a park, Des Moines Creek Park offers several miles of smooth, rolling, and twisting singletrack. The trails crisscross back and forth through an abandoned neighborhood surrounded by chain-link fencing and locked gates. The remaining landscaping has been left unkempt for all these years, creating an eerie, apocalyptic atmosphere.

The overgrown streets are completely devoid of cars and houses. Some of the trails ride through what is left of the foundations of the many homes destroyed when the airport was built. The park is directly in the path that pilots use for takeoff. Despite the noise produced by the jets, the riding is big-time fun for any level of ability. The terrain lacks serious climbing or hardcore technical sections, but it is loaded with banked turns, hairpin curves, dips, drops, and jumps. There is even a BMX zone, Fun House, created by local riders. Trail surface: Hard-packed dirt, pavement, and sand.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Des Moines
Distance: 10
Trail Type: Several options
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: Washington Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Des Moines
Topo Map: South Sea Tac (Des Moines Creek Park Trail) Topographic Map
Guide Book: Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

4/28/2008

Very flowing terrain. A great place to take a new rider, while more advanced riders can still find plenty of excitement. It's fun to watch the jump park too.

4/14/2007

It's a fun area relatively close to Seattle and the Eastside. The trails tend to either be best suited to the beginner level cross country rider or the more advanced freerider. In a nutshell, there are several singletrack loops to be ridden in a suburban setting, and there's a freeride section with drops, doubles, jumps, and a few skinnies in a small section. Definitely worth riding if you need to stay close to home.

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