60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma
by Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens (Menasha Ridge Press)
© 2016 Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
Windy Easter Sunday
We loved our picnic at the beach, the occasional train whizzing by, the abundant shells, rocks, driftwood for our beach combing. I thought the steep climb back to the parking lot would be a sure source of complaint from the kids (8, 10 & 12), but they were troopers! The portable toilets were clean and handy. We'll be headed back soon!
This truly is a walk in the woods in the heart of the city. Once you get past the parking lot at the top of the trail you could be almost anyplace in the western Cascade Foothills. There was evidence of natures power as a portion of the well maintained trail was washed out from the creek turned river this last Spring. The bluff from the washout is a great place for pictures looking up the creek gully.
Substantial 2nd growth furs, maple and spruce with some of the remaining logged cedar stumps along the trail. They took some really big cedars out of this gully back when.
There is a pleasant little County Park An the end of the trail and the walk under the BNSF railroad tracks through a converted culvert was fun. I was amazed at the numbers of people who descended on this trail at 7:00 AM when the parks opens. We arrived at 7:00 AM and when we left at 8:30 AM the lot was full and we had passed many people on this 2 mile + trail.
Great little trail in the city.
Close to my place so it is a very convenient trail to visit on at least a weekly basis! It ends on the Meadowdale beach with a nice view of the Whidbey island...
Nice little hike within the city. Enjoyable and pleasant. Makes for a great afternoon or evening hike during the week.
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