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North Creek Trail

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area
47.8786, -122.2223 Map & Directions
Photo by trip reporter Sunchaser. Full-size image
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

The North Creek trail offers a quiet urban oasis that links the cities of Mill Creek, Bothell, and Everett. It's a wide, shaded path that leads from McCollum Park in Everett to the city center. Continue reading

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Hiking North Creek Trail

The North Creek trail offers a quiet urban oasis that links the cities of Mill Creek, Bothell, and Everett. It's a wide, shaded path that leads from McCollum Park in Everett to the city center. 

Initially, the North Creek Trail follows the eastern boundary of McCollum Park. You may find it an interesting walk, and it's very different from your hike along the rustic Forest Loop Trail.

North Creek Trail, for much of its length, is ten feet wide and paved, so there's ample room for walkers, runners, baby carriages and bicyclists to share the space. You are likely to encounter a variety of users as you continue farther south along the trail.

The western edge of the trail follows the fenced boundary of the North Creek watershed, and the vegetation is thick enough that views of the creek are infrequent.

In sharp contrast, much of the eastern edge of North Creek Trail is bordered by apartment complexes, and some buildings are just a few feet from the trail. (If you catch the eye of a local resident, offer a wave or other friendly greeting.)

The ongoing trail reaches a large shopping mall where it flirts briefly with mall side streets. (There are options for a coffee break or a snack. And, if you are in doubt about the ongoing route, just head toward the fence that borders the watershed.)

The trail passes several ponds, home to a number of itinerant ducks. Beyond the largest duck pond the trail bends sharply east and reaches Mill Creek Blvd, about 2.25 miles from the McCollum Park trailhead.

WTA Pro Tip: There is an ongoing option. You can follow Mill Creek Blvd, and then 9th Ave SE, farther south and in another 0.7 miles pick up the trail again at Snohomish County's North Creek Park Boardwalk, where parts of the trail are on -- you guessed it -- boardwalks. The trail currently ends at the park's southern boundary at 183rd St. SE., though there are plans to extend the trail beyond North Creek Park, as far south as SR 524 (208th St SE.) So this optional hike extension, already fairly long, could become longer.

Toilet Information

  • Toilet at trailhead

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Wheelchair Accessibility

This trail passes alongside a ravine, making for a steep dropoff to one side. It is about 5 to 8 feet wide though, with plenty of room for people to pass.

Hike Description Written by
Alan Gibbs, WTA Correspondent

North Creek Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.8786, -122.2223 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

driving directions

Take I-5 to Exit 186 (128th St SE) in Everett, head east about 0.3 miles, then make a right turn into the park. Turn into the first parking area on the right, just north of the swimming pool. There are about 60 marked parking slots here, and more parking is available farther south along the entrance road.

Take Transit

This trailhead is accessible by bus! Plan your visit by bus using TOTAGO, or consult the schedule for Community Transit route number 115Route 115 stops at the Park-and-Ride lot at the NE corner of the park on weekdays and Saturdays. 

The park opens at 7 AM and closes at "dusk." You may find a more specific closing hour - one that changes seasonally - posted when you arrive.

A number of portable toilets are available in the park.

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Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

Snohomish County Parks

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