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Guided Walk Schedule 2019-2020

posted Oct 9, 2019, 5:12 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated Mar 24, 2020, 5:24 PM ]

Friends of Camano Island Parks will again host a series of Guided Walks for the public in the two Camano Island State Parks and six of the Island County Park trails on the first Saturday of the month November thru June.

Since 1995 FOCIP has been leading these walks and has constructed new trails, maintained and enhanced the trails through its continuing stewardship program. All walks start at 9:50 a.m. and finish by noon. Join members of FOCIP and Backyard Wildlife Habitat Stewards on these walks. See the unique features of each park. The pace is moderate and walks take place rain or shine or cold.

Walks are canceled if there is significant snow or high winds. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes or boots and appropriate clothing for the weather. Walks at the State Parks require a pass. FOCIP will give a temporary for the walks in those two parks.

No dogs please for the safety of the walkers.


Saturday, Nov 2: Cama Beach State Park

Meet at 9:50 a.m. at Dry Lake Road and Ivy Rd junction. You may access Dry Lake Road from the Elder Bay Road just north of the Elger Bay School. Go west on Dry Lake Road to the Ivy Road Cul-de-sac for parking. We will walk downhill from there into Cama Beach State Park trails including the Bluff Trail, Marine Loop Trail, Bluff Trail and back to the Cama Entrance on the Old entrance
trail. A total of 2.7 miles. Shuttle service will be provided for those that do not want to walk back up the hill to Ivy increasing the total to 3.5 miles.

Saturday, Dec 7: Elger Bay Preserve
Meet at 9:50 a.m. at the junction of Elger Bay Road and Dry Lake Road just north of the school. Park along the south side of the road. This is a fairly level trail with one 50 ft. gain toward the middle of the walk. The beautiful signed Nature Trail and a side trip to the beaver marsh platform are highlights of the walk. 2.5 miles round trip for this trail length.


Saturday, Jan 4: Camano Island State Park

Meet at 9:50 at the picnic shelter near the boat ramp, South beach. FOCIP will have a temporary parking pass. The walk includes 2 elevation gains of about 50 feet, with the rest of the walk fairly level. The trail is 2.6 miles longwith excellent views of Saratoga Passage and Elger Bay
including a walk through a beautiful fern grotto and ravine.

Saturday, Feb 1: Camano Ridge Forest Preserve
Meet at 9:50 at Camano Ridge West entrance parking. Take East or West Camano Drive to Camano Hill Road uphill and turn on Camano Ridge Road. Drive about a mile to the parking lot that is located on the east side of road. Watch for signs. The nearly 2.5 mile walk will include East and West loops, plus the Wetland Trail. Trails are generally level with a few short ups and downs.

Saturday, Mar 7: Cama to CISP
Meet at 9:50 a.m.  Park at Ivy Road and Dry Lake Road Junction . You can access road from Monticello or Elger Bay Road. Walk from the Cama Trailhead to the South Beach of CISP enjoying the downhill, level terrain with great views. Shuttle Service will be available to return drivers to the
parking trailhead. The walk is about 3.5 miles.

Saturday, Apr 4: Four Springs Lake Preserve   CANCELLED
Meet at 9:50 at the parking area. Proceed from East or West Camano Drive turning on Camano Hill Road. Look for Lewis Lane and turn north to the parking area. FOCIP signs will be at the turns, off of Cross Island Rd. See this beautiful preserve with a 2 mile walk on the perimeter
trail, and wetland trail. There are two 50 ft fairly steep hills with benches for resting. Hopefully the Skunk Cabbage will be in bloom! A possible peek at the rental facility.

Saturday, May 2: Iverson Spit, Kristoferson Creek and English Boom
9:45 start at Iverson. East Camano Drive, turn East on Russell road, south on Sunrise Road
and south to Iverson Beach Road. Park at North end.  Short level walk includes dike walk and views of Port Susan, marsh walk and Hobbit Trail. Drivers will caravan to Kristoferson Creek for a quick salmon viewing stop, then north to Historical English Boom along a 1 mile Marsh trail and views of Skagit Bay and Mt. Baker. Interpretive boards, and boardwalk tell the
story of this historical park.

Saturday, June 6: Barnum Point County Park
This newest County park has been open for 3 years and has expanded with additional land acquisitions.  A new parking lot allows for much more parking. Work continues to improve walking paths, bridges added and rest areas. Hear the history as you walk to the beaches and other interesting areas of this former farm. From East Camano Drive, turn East on Russell Road, south on Sunrise to the end where you will enter the new parking area on the right.