This urban hike features a peat bog, public art, a salmon stream that runs through front yards, and a shopping center parking lot.
Just south of the playground are the creek headwaters in a peat bog and the start of the trail. Start looking for the way-finding markers. There are two kinds: squat square brown posts with directional markers and tall metal flags with abstracted plant prints (lupine, fern, horsetail).
They'll lead you across Barton Avenue and through Westwood Village, then past the Southwest Community Center and Chief Sealth High School. Dodge east to begin hiking on dirt again and discover a mosaic of trail, sidewalk, and street. Here you'll encounter the creek again. Keep your eyes out for the markers -- they're easy to miss if you're distracted by the sights.
Pop out on Delridge for a few loud, busy blocks, then duck back into the shady, quiet creek trail. Notice how the creek has been integrated into the city's infrastructure and into the landscaping of yards it runs through. You'll get a chance here to head uphill to High Point or into Camp Long. Keep going to follow the creek.
The trail ends at Dragonfly Pavilion after crossing the elegant Salmon Bone Bridge. Climb a few blocks up to Avalon to catch the C Line back to Westwood Village and your car.
You can also retrace your steps to go back to Roxhill or make a loop through High Point and other West Seattle neighborhoods.