Back in the spring, I shared that my daughter has been asking to do some hikes with me this year. I’ve been sharing them bit-by-bit as we’ve been exploring them. Last night, she asked me to go on a hike so I searched the AllTrails app (it’s free!) for some good ideas. I was looking for: quick & easy to get to, scenic/good for kids, and nothing too long or strenuous.
The Sequalitchew Creek Trail ticked all the boxes, so we decided to give it a try. The cool thing about the AllTrails app is that it directed me to many local trails – trails that are too small to be covered by most any hiking book. (I’m seriously not sponsored by this app or anything, just sharing it as an awesome resource!)
It was an easy 40 minutes’ drive from our house to get there. The trail is very easy to get to, just a mile or two off of I-5 on exit #118 in DuPont. Even better, there is ample parking as the trail starts out of the area you’ll find the DuPont City Hall, Fire & Police headquarters in. I felt very safe parking (and hiking!) there with my kids.
The trail is very wide, with a good section of it paved. It is not steep by any stretch of the imagination and would be excellent for a child’s “first hike.” I packed water and snacks with us, but I didn’t end up using any of it as it only took us about an hour.
The trail is shaded and we were cool the entire way (so a great option to consider for hot summer days!).
One of the things I loved about this trail is that it’s virtually impossible to get lost. It’s a wide path and well marked. In fact, we found these trail posts every quarter mile.
I found several different types of flowers on the trail, including these pretty foxgloves.
After about a mile and a quarter, you’ll find this small old train tunnel. You’re really close now!
Of course, I had to make my kids take a picture before we could walk out onto the beach.
Word to the wise: POISON OAK. This is a plant that doesn’t grow too much in our area (to my knowledge), so I was super grateful that they’d marked the plant with warning signs! It’s got three leaves in a cluster and many of them were tinged with red. The best bet is to keep your kids squarely on the trail and at the beach area.
We found many Canada geese on the beach.
My son wanted to get a better look, but I told him to not get too close.
In case you’re wondering: YES! You will find crabs on this beach. It’s quite rocky, so make sure you’re wearing good shoes.
My son found this old object on the beach. Any ideas what it might be? I suspected it had something to do with the old train tracks.
Speaking of trains, a couple roared past us while we were at the beach. Kind of neat.
I think it’s worth mentioning that this trail is right next to McChord Air Force Base and we had several helicopters pass over us during our walk. They were incredibly loud and quite startling. It might be something to consider if you have young kids that are easily startled by loud noises. (Other kids might think it’s totally cool, so it just depends on your kids!)
Besides the crabs, seals, geese, and gulls we spotted on the beach, we found several signs of wildlife along the trail. Check out this massive ant hill! We found a couple this size – and I haven’t seen any this big in years!
While this dead mole was completely gross (and had a few ants crawling on it), my kids were totally fascinated by it as they’d never seen one before.
My kids and I played a bit of a game: we wanted to see if we could hike back up to our car faster than it’d taken us to hike down to the beach. We succeeded! It took us 28 minutes to hike down, and 25 to hike up. We were moving at a decent clip, but this should give you an idea of how much time it might take your family. We also noticed a couple people running, and others biking the path. Dogs are welcome (we counted three), and a couple families were biking. According to the trail reviews I read, you’d likely be OK to get a sturdy jogging stroller down the trail. However, the trail was not crowded by any stretch.
This GPS image came from my Garmin watch. I burned a total of 200 calories on this one, so it’s a bit of a workout, but certainly nothing strenuous. My kids thought it was nice, though not as scenic as other hikes we’ve done. However, they were really excited about the beach portion and finding the crabs, so that definitely upped the appeal of this trail.
To learn more, you can visit this website about the Sequalitchew Creek Trail.
Want some other local hikes or places to visit this summer? Here are a few of my favorites:
- Dash Point – Beach Trail (Federal Way)
- Flaming Geyser State Park (Auburn)
- Penrose Point State Park (Gig Harbor Area)
- Nisqually Estuary (Olympia)
- Hylebos (Federal Way)
- Mima Mounds (Olympia area)