Useless Bay Park and Double Bluff Beach

Freeland, Washington 98249

Useless Bay Park and Double Bluff Beach

Useless Bay Park and Double Bluff Beach Professional Review and Guide

"Useless Bay is a true oddity; the only hike in this book without any semblance of a trail. Instead, the bay provides a few miles of wild saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound for free wandering and discovery.

An out-and-back trip on the beach to Double Bluff makes a good 4-mile round-trip hike, but many visitors will find the plentiful and welcome distractions along the way to be worthwhile destinations in and of themselves."

Useless Bay Park and Double Bluff Beach Reviews

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7/4/2009
Very popular trail. Parking lot was full and I had to hike an additional .5 mile to the trailhead. Very well defined trail. Not a place to go for soitude!
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5/20/2009
Love this trail. Yes it can get crowded in afternoon (go early if at all possible) BUT for lush scenery, rapids, and a magnificent waterfall, it is a terrific day hike. For more peple but does have some moderat sections as described in gen discrip.
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5/7/2009
Great hike with beautiful scenery. More challenging than I expected, but a great hike all the same. Well worth the effort to make it to the upper falls.
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4/26/2009
This is a perfect spring hike! It's a great warm up for the summer and the waterfalls are absolutely gorgeous. Only about 2.5 miles to get to the upper falls. The trail is also very well taken care of with sturdy bridges and benches along the way. Very popular hike so there will be lots of people there and lots of parking space. The only thing that wasn't great was the gigantic power lines that are constantly buzzing when you first park and have to walk under them for the beginning of the hike, but it's not to bad, they just made us walk quicker.
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10/1/2007
Wallace Falls is great for a last minute hike. It is less than an hour from Seattle and the views are always great. The trail is crowded in the summer and you have to get there early to get parking. there are certainly better hikes but this is a reliable hike.
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9/16/2007
My husband, cousin and our dog hiked to the upper falls. The trail up to the middle falls view point was in great shape, easy to follow and somewhat busy on a rainy day. I will admit, next time I hike this trail I won't go up to the upper falls. The middle falls are by far the best to view. The trail also gets a bit hard to follow once you lead the middle falls viewpoint.
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6/4/2007
Sunday June 3rd was a GREAT day to do this hike. It was our first hike outing of the season so we took the added mile each way via the Old Railroad Grade. The trail was not as crowed as we expected for it being such a warm, beautiful day. It was 88 degrees when we returned to the trail head parking lot around 3PM. The falls were spectacular with a lot of water spilling over. We plan on returning to hike to Wallace Lake next time.
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Trail Information

Freeland
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
3 to 4 hours
Duration
Hikable year-round, daily, sunrise–sunset
Season
Local Contacts
USGS Hansville
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018