South Whidbey State Park—Amble among ancient trees above the sound

Quick Facts: Location: Whidbey Island Land Agency: Washington State Parks Roundtrip: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 200 feet Contact: South Whidbey State Park Notes: Discover Pass Required: Dogs must be leashed Access: From the Clinton Ferry Terminal on Whidbey Island follow SR 525 north for 9.4 miles turning left onto Bush Point Road. After 2.2 miles road […]

Southwest County Park─Emerald Swath above Edmonds

Quick Facts: Location: Edmonds Land Agency: Snohomish County Parks and Recreation Roundtrip: Up to 5 miles Elevation Gain: up to 250 feet Access: From Everett follow I-5 south to exit 181. Now follow SR 524 (196th St SW) west passing SR 99 and in about another mile turn right onto 76th Ave W. Proceed for about .5 […]

Centennial Trail: Haller Park to Lake Bryant–river, wetlands, and rural charm

Quick Facts: Location: Arlington Land Agency: Snohomish County Parks Roundtrip: 6.2 miles Elevation Gain: 100 feet Contact: Snohomish County Parks Notes: Paved trail is also open to bicycles and is wheelchair accessible; dogs must be leashed. Access: Southern Access is from Haller Park in Arlington near the junction of SR 9 and SR 530, four miles […]

Padilla Bay Dike Trail–shore fine hike in the Skagit Valley

Quick Facts: Location: Skagit County Land Agency: Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Roundtrip: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 30 feet Contact: Padilla Bay NERR Access: From Burlington (exit 231 on I-5) proceed through roundabouts and head west on Josh Wilson Road for 6.4 miles. Upon entering the village of Bay View turn left onto 2nd Street […]