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Redondo Beach Boardwalk

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area
47.3481, -122.3228 Map & Directions
Length
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
7 feet
Highest Point
11 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
Redondo Beach Boardwalk with interpretive sign for marine life. Photo by Tiffany Chou. Full-size image
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast

With expansive waterfront views and access to a beach right against the Puget Sound, a walk down the Redondo Beach Boardwalk is a great way to get some fresh air without ever leaving town. Continue reading

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Hiking Redondo Beach Boardwalk

With expansive waterfront views and access to a beach right against the Puget Sound, a walk down the Redondo Beach Boardwalk is a great way to get some fresh air without ever leaving town.

The path itself is a well-built wooden boardwalk, and spans about half a mile in one direction. From the parking lot, cross Redondo Beach Drive S to the west. There are portable toilets, trash cans, and benches here. You can also access the beach from here via a set of stairs to the left toward the boardwalk past the boat launch. 

The boardwalk begins to the left, toward the west. As you step onto the boardwalk, take a second to read the dedication and historical plaques to the right, including a re-dedication after a storm seriously damaged the boardwalk in 2014. 

Benches overlooking the water and trash cans dot the boardwalk, and there are crosswalks back to the other side of Redondo Beach Drive S every few hundred feet. There are also various beach access points that require walking down a short flight of stairs.

The beach is sandy with a layer of small to mid-sized rocks on top. You can choose to walk along the beach instead of the boardwalk, so long as the tide is out. Even on a cold day, you’ll likely see some swimmers near the shore. 

While walking down the boardwalk or the beach, make sure to take time to look out at the Sound. On a clear day, see Maury Island across the water and kayakers out paddling nearby. The water is surprisingly clear, and you can see the rocky seafloor near the shore. Breathe in the salty marine air, and listen for the sounds of the waves coming in and the squawking of seagulls. 

WTA Pro Tip: Check the placard that shares information about the various fauna you may see from this area. Look for harbor seals, river or sea otters, harbor porpoises, or dolphin. And if you’re really lucky, you may even see a whale or sea lion. 

Redondo Beach Boardwalk

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 47.3481, -122.3228 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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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

From Tacoma, head north on I-5. Take exit 143, and turn left onto S 320th Street. Continue for 0.8 miles, then turn right onto Pacific Highway S. Stay on the highway for 1.4 miles, then turn left onto S Dash Point Road. Immediately turn right onto Redondo Way S. Follow the road for 1 mile, then turn left into the paid parking lot (indicated by a Paid Parking sign) on the left just before hitting the intersection with Redondo Beach Drive S along the water.

The parking lot is very large with plenty of space for cars, paved, and has pay machines that will accept cards or cash. The cost to park for an hour is $1.00.

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Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

City of Des Moines

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