Meadowdale County Park and Beach Trails

OutAndBack • 2.5 mi • 0 ft

Meadowdale is a valuable rarity among the many good Puget Sound beachfront parks, thanks to restricted road access to the shore. This makes it a great choice for hikers who will enjoy the descent on an easy trail along Lunds Creek, which runs through a beautiful forest on the way to the beach. Not surprisingly for a waterfront parcel of land in the heavily developed Edmonds region, Meadowdale Park passed through many private hands before being acquired by the Snohomish County Parks and Recreation Department in 1968. Of the private owners, the most significant was surely the Meadowdale Country Club, which built and maintained a clubhouse, swimming pool, and other facilities on site. Most of the evidence of the club is long gone. The memory of John Lund, an early homesteader in the late 1800s, is most obvious today—the hike runs through Lunds Gulch, carved out over the ages by the waters of Lunds Creek.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Edmonds
Length: 2.5 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to moderate
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Season: Year round
Trailhead Elevation: 400 feet
Top Elevation: 400 feet
Local Maps: USGS Edmonds East
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Recent Trail Reviews

4/16/2011

At only 20 minutes from our apartment, I admit not expecting much. But to both mine and my wife's surprise, this trail was absolutely beautiful. Be warned though, it is a steep way down and difficult making your way back up. The end point of the trail passes underneath some train tracks which seem to come out of no where, and you step onto a gorgeous rocky beach on the Puget Sound. This trail did not disappoint in the least. You can bring dogs here, but unless your dog is in good shape, i wouldn't recommend it. Also, be prepared for a lot of mud, although the trail is quite firm. One of the best things about it is that there is a small stream running almost the whole length, and you have the very calming sound of water on your walk. Also take note that you shouldn't expect to be the only one out here. Families and couples frequent it in a decent quantity, but there is enough space between everyone that you still feel all by yourself, with time to snap a few pictures as well.

10/1/2010

Short and sweet, indeed. It was a steep climb but very short and the view was gorgeous!

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