Fortson Ponds –An old mill site on an emerging long distance trail

Quick Facts: Location: Darrington Land Agency: Snohomish County Parks Roundtrip: 2.0 miles Elevation gain: none Difficulty: Easy Contact: Snohomish County Parks  Green Trails Map: Mountain Loop Highway 111SX Notes: Dogs allowed on leash Access: From Exit 208 on I-5 (Arlington) travel east on SR 530 for 25.2 miles turning left onto Fortson Mill Road (near […]

Pilchuck Tree Farm─Quiet wood roads from Meadows to Ridge

Quick Facts: Location: Northern Snohomish County, near Stanwood Land Agency: Pacific Denkmann Company Pilchuck Tree Farm Roundtrip: 3.2 miles Elevation Gain: 400 feet Contact: Pilchuck Recreation Association: www.pilchuckra.org Notes: All trail users MUST sign a liability release and have it on file to use these trails. Download here and mail (with $2 donation) to Pilchuck Recreation Association. Dogs […]

McLane Creek– Wetland wonderland within minutes from downtown Olympia

  Quick Facts: Location: Capitol State Forest Land Agency: Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Roundtrip: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: minimal Contact: Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR); South Puget Sound Region Office Notes: Discover Pass required; dogs prohibited Access: From Exit 104 on I-5 in Olympia, head west on US 101 taking the Black Lake […]

Big Ditch─Dig in for some excellent swan and snow geese viewing

Quick Facts Location: Skagit Bay, Stanwood Land Agency: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Roundtrip: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: None Access: From Exit 212 on I-5 head west on SR 532 for five miles to the town of Stanwood. Turn right onto the Pioneer Highway and proceed for 2.6 miles to the junction with the Old […]