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- Cranberry Lake
- Camano Ridge Forest Preserve Loop
- Cama Beach Marine View Loop
- English Boom Trail
- Elger Bay Interpretive Trail
Cranberry Lake Trail at Cama Beach
This is a beautiful hike that could not be captured accurately with pictures. It is a great hike for kids and adults alike. The trail has interpretive signs along the way, but they are short and can be missed if you aren’t paying attention. The lake has Beaver dams on the Eastside of the lake. It is a good place to watch birds, but no really good areas to sit. There are bathroom facilities at the park, but if you start your hike off of S.W. Camano Drive there are no facilities between parking and the lake. If you would like more details follow the link below.
Camano Ridge Forest Preserve Loop
The Camano Ridge Forest Preserve loop was a beautiful hike. It was also the longest hike we have done on the island at 3.8 miles. If you start off at the Can Ku road entrance, the hike starts off going up a steep hill. The trail is riddled with tree roots throughout and I would suggest hiking boots or sneakers at a minimum. Once you reach the loop portion we went to the left and the trail is relatively flat wide and easy. We took the side trail called the Southern Wetlands which was beautiful, but not much of a wetland at this time of year (July). However, once you reach the Sockeye Run portion of the loop it is full of tree roots and tripping hazards. After the Sockeye Run portion of the trail, the loop trail gets wider and flatter again until you reach the portion leading you back to Can Ku road. We missed the last two side trails because my son was getting tired at that point. There are no restroom facilities at this park. There is another parking lot that may have something, but since we did not join the trail from that parking lot I am not sure.
Marine Loop Trail at Cama Beach
Here we hiked a 2.5-mile version of the loop. We started at the Alder Parking lot and followed the loop, then proceeded over the roadway onto the Ivy-Lane Trail until we reached the Cranberry Lake Trail, where we turned back toward the Alder parking lot. It was a nice trail with lovely scenery, but throughout most of the loop, you could hear the road noise from SW Camano Drive. My son’s high points were two trees. One that draped over the trail, perfect for a six-year-old to lay on and relax. The second was a burnt-out tree he could stand inside. There was a lovely look-out at the far end of the loop, and as a bonus, the trailhead began at a restroom. Having said that, this would be my least favorite trail on the island due to the road noise and close proximity.
For more information follow this link: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/marine-loop-trail
English Boom Trail
The English Boom Trail is a short .9 mile trail along a beach. The whole walk is out in the full sun, so although it is short I would recommend sunscreen. There is limited parking and no bathroom facilities. I noticed multiple patches of 10-20 bees swarming close to the ground. We walked through them without getting stung, however with small kids I would watch out. We did enjoy the walk and spotted a Blue Heron standing out in the water. Others have spotted Eagles and other wildlife.