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Camano Island State Park — Monday, Apr. 8, 2019

Puget Sound and Islands

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Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition


Road suitable for all vehicles


No bugs


Snow free

Two moms took 5 kids for a 3.5 mile ramble through the forests and along the beach. The kids loved the trees, the signs on the Al Emerson Nature Trail, and the creatures to be found along the shore.

We started at the North parking lot and headed south on the Loop Trail until we came to a junction, at which point we switched to the Roy Trail. That took us up to the Al Emerson Nature Trail, with its 18 interpretive signs with much to learn about the area. (Kids were especially impressed by the Erratic boulder, carried down from Canada by the glaciers.) 

We then tried to find our way to the South Beach, which took some doing, as the trail wasn't well signed through the campground. We finally found the right spot using Gaia and passing by the amphitheater. 

We took the steps down to the boat launch area, where the bathrooms were open and very clean. From there we hiked back north to the stairs over which we'd parked our car.

In the woods we saw salmonberry flowers and lots of wild daisy. Along the beach there were crabs, sea stars, and birds. Great spot to take kids - they would have stayed there for many hours more.