Nature in the City: Seattle
by Maria Dolan & Kathryn True (The Mountaineers Books)
© Maria Dolan & Kathryn True/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Spencer island is an easy level Sunday walk through estuary marsh/wetlands. If you don't have time to head for mountain trails, this is a nice close-in alternative. No forests but great open space bird watching and well maintained trails. We encountered numerous birdwatdhers with tripod and cameras in hand. We hiked the trails but the potential for flat water canoeing and kayaking looks terrific. City of Everett Parks and Recreation publishes a water trails map of the area.
This island is an oxymoron with hunting grounds on the northern half and a wildlife refuge on the south. Currently two dike bridges have been washed out and you can not make a loop on the island. There are still 3 out and back trails that are worth exploring, all varying in length from .5 mile up to around 2.5 miles (each way) from the main island access bridge. Saw herons, eagles, deer, sea otter, and many other birds. Bring a camera and binocular. Visit early or late. Dike repairs are scheduled for 2005 and the island may be closed for a long period of time. Call snohomish county before going if you can.
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