Hike from Clark’s Creek South Park to the Puyallup Historical Fish Hatchery
This hike is only 1.25 miles round trip, but the trail has a big hill plus some narrow and overgrown stretches. Arriving at the hatchery is a great finale.
Park in the lot at Clark’s Creek Park South. (1700 12th Ave SW, Puyallup (12th Ave SW and 17th St SW) Here you will find restrooms if you need a pit stop and a great playground. Take the wide, paved path behind the play structure until you come to the T intersection. Turn left. Stick to this path until the trail splits; here you take the right trail. This is where the trail starts to narrow and climb.
The trail takes you through some really pretty, old growth forest and is nice and shaded. Read on for clear, step by step directions and photos of the rest of the trail!
Be careful! We encountered tree roots, mud, and loose rocks along the way. When you come to a spot in which the trail branches off in three directions, go left. This takes you down a pretty steep incline and the path is narrow and somewhat overgrown. At the end you will pop out near a wooden bridge over the creek behind the hatchery.
The bridge is a nice spot to pause and look at the creek. You might even see some fish.
As you walk into the hatchery area you might see great blue herons flying around. We saw at least five and they are magnificent birds to watch. Kids will be fascinated. The tanks you will pass are full of trout, also fun to observe.
You can stay and check out the hatchery. Read more about that here.
When you are ready to head back, you can either reverse the directions and take the trail, or walk along the street. From the front of the hatchery, walk along 14th st towards 12th street. Be aware that there is only one short segment of sidewalk, so mostly you will be walking along the side of the road. There was very little traffic. At 12th st, turn left and you will see the parking lot for Clark’s Creek park in front of you.
This is a great hike for adults and older kids. Because of the steep descent and overgrown areas I wouldn’t recommend this one for little kids or kids being carried in backpacks.
Tiffany Doerr Guerzon