Between the more developed trails off South Seattle Community College and Westcrest park a series of trails on the eastern hillsides cross steep ravines through rugged forest on this West Seattle trail system. At 180 acres the West Duwamish Greenbelt is the largest in the city – 6 miles end to end.
The West Duwamish Greenbelt can be accessed from SW Brandon Street. Parking can be found nearby on 16th. The trails have some initial signage hinting of the combined efforts by various groups to develop the trails in a more substantial way. Cruise by salmon berry, and salal under a canopy of giant maple trees. Boggy in places come surefooted for some adventure route-finding and steep ravine crossings to connect the more developed trails. The grade lessons and crushed rock path widens on more developed trails by the community college. Follow a service road down to cross Highland Park way to the most rugged section of the trail. Steep ravines flow one to the next. Recent mudslides give an indication of the hillside grade. Continue to the westcress trail system, which has a large dog park, and play area with a water fill up, community gardens and a great south Seattle view. Descend from open vistas and reverse the route.
Who knows may be some day the West Duwamish Greenbelt connector will experience a renaissance of trail improvement. In the meantime enjoy the rugged adventurous terrain tucked inside this West Seattle Greenbelt.