It is that time of year again. The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and the trails are open. For the past year, everyone has been stuck indoors with whatever COVID hobby or board game tournament has kept them occupied. But that time is over. After working with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, we have compiled a list of seven easy hikes within 45-71 minutes of driving time from Everett.
For those who are looking for ADA compliant hikes, check out their ADA Recreation Map to discover which parks fit your accessibility needs.
Looking to spend the day at the shore? Try Bay View State Park. There are no formal trails, but it’s a great place to stroll. It’s a classic Northwest type beach, so bring sturdy shoes. Pack along a kite to fly and enjoy the views of Padilla Bay.
Cama Beach is a unique park! It was built in the 1930s and was a beloved family shell fishing resort for decades, It’s a great place to stay. Eat at the café or take a walk! The trail to Little Cranberry Lake is a lovely day hike, or you can head down the hill and stroll along the beach by the cabins and the Center for Wooden Boats.
Right next door to Cama, Camano Island has some not-to-miss attractions of it’s own! Among those is the Al Emerson Nature Trail. It’s a great trail for kids with it’s many interpretive panels and easy loop design. Don’t forget to see the shore here too!
Spanning two islands, Deception Pass is considered by many to be the crown jewel of the Washington State Park system. And for good reason! Drive across the iconic Deception Pass bridge and step into this Civilian Conservation Corps-built park and you know you are someplace special. Enjoy a hike down to the tidepools at Rosario Beach or out to view Bowman Bay. Don’t forget to check out some of the historic kitchen shelters and other CCC buildings.
Larrabee is the first Washington state park and still one of the best. There are many good trails to choose from. Stroll down to the rocky shore and relish the views of Samish and Chuckanut Bays. Or try the trails out to Lost or Fragrance Lakes with the kids. The Chuckanut Ridge trail is a bit steeper but offers amazing views.
On the shore of the Skagit River, Rasar is rife with lovely, easy forested loop trails and the sound of rushing water. Keep an eye out for eagles! Many make their home here.
Wallace Falls is a bucket list must for any Washingtonian. On the north fork of the Wallace River, this park has no end of great trails, but the Lower, Middle and Upper Falls are not to be missed. Parking fills up quick at this park, so check the park’s webcam on the web page to know before you go.
Remember, a Discover Pass is required when parking at a state park with the exception of state park free days. You can find out more information on their website here. See their up-to-date COVID policies so you know what to expect.