Spencer Island — Wildlife refuge in the heart of the Snohomish River Delta

Quick Facts: Location: Snohomish River Delta, Everett Land Agency: Snohomish County Parks Roundtrip: 3.0 miles Elevation gain: none Contact: Snohomish County Parks Notes: Dogs prohibited; Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife manages northern half of island which is open seasonally to hunting. Good to Know: Practice Leave No Trace, kid-friendly, snow free winter hike, exceptional bird […]

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge– Portland’s Premier Wildlife Refuge

Quick Facts: Location: Sellwood neighborhood, Portland, Oregon Land Agency: Portland Parks and Recreation Roundtrip: 2.8 miles Elevation gain: 60 feet Contact: Portland Parks and Recreation Notes: dogs must be leashed Access: From Ross Island Bridge follow US 26 east (Powell Boulevard) immediately turning right onto SR 99E (SE McLoughlin Boulevard). In just over one mile exit […]

Scarborough Hill─Giant Sitka Spruces at historic fort on the Columbia River

Quick Facts Location: Fort Columbia State Park, Pacific County, WA Land Agency: Washington State Parks Roundtrip: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 630 feet Access: From Kelso head west 56 miles on SR 4 to Naselle. Turn left onto SR 401 proceeding 12 miles to a junction with US 101 at the Astoria-Megler Bridge. Continue west on […]

Fort Steilacoom Park — Hike historic grounds to a scenic lake and stellar views of Mount Rainier

  Quick Facts: Location: Lakewood, Pierce County Land Agency: City of Lakewood Parks and Recreation Distance: more than 7.0 miles of trails Elevation Gain: up to 200 feet Contact: City of Lakewood Parks and Recreation Notes: Off-leash dog area and dogs permitted on leash elsewhere in park; park opened 7:30 to 9:00 or Sunset (whichever […]