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Guided Walk Schedule Nov 2016 - May 2017

posted Oct 10, 2016, 1:25 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated May 27, 2017, 11:04 AM ]

Since 1995 Friends of Camano Island Parks (FOCIP) has been leading Winter Walks for the public on Camano
Island trails on the first Saturday of the month November through May. The walks are on Island County and
State Park trails, many of which have been constructed, maintained and enhanced by FOCIP through its
stewardship program. All walks start at 9:50 a.m. and are completed by noon. Join FOCIP members 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. Walks are canceled if there is snow or extremely high winds. Walkers are
asked to wear appropriate clothes for the weather and sturdy shoes or boots. No pass requirement for State Park

* * * No dogs please for the safety of the walkers. * * *


Saturday, Nov. 5: Camano Island State Park: Meet at 9:50 at the picnic shelter near the boat ramp at
Camano Island State Park. Park pass required, but for those without, a temporary is provided bv FOCIP. The
walk includes 2 elevation gains of about 50’ with the rest of the walk fairly level. The trail is 2.6 miles long
with excellent views of Saratoga Passage and Elger Bay including a walk through a beautiful “fern grotto.” and

Saturday, Dec 3: Elger Bay Preserve: Meet at 9:50 a.m. at the junction of Elger Bay Road and Dry Lake
Road just north of the Elger Bay Elementary School and Elger Bay Store. This is a fairly level trail with one
50’ gain toward the middle of the walk. The beautifully signed Elger Bay Nature Trail with a side trip to the
beaver marsh platform is part of the walk. The walk is a 2.5 mile round trip, completed by noon.


Saturday, Jan 7: Cama Beach State Park: Meet at 9:50 at Ivy Road and Dry Lake Road junction. You may
access Dry Lake Road from Elger Bay Road north of Elger Bay Elementary School or Monticello Road that
intersects West Camano Road and Elger Bay Road. Parking is on the Ivy Road cul-de-sac. We will walk from
the N.E. section of Cama down hill to the Cut Off Trail and then walk the Marine View loop Trail, followed by
the Bluff Trail and Old Entrance Trail 2.7 miles total. Shuttles will be available for those wishing a ride back to
Ivy. Option to walk back to Ivy would make the walk 3.9 miles total. A State park pass is not required. The
walk is completed by noon.

Saturday, Feb. 4: Camano Ridge Forest Preserve: Meet at 9:50 a.m. at the Camano Center on East Camano
(Blue building next to Tennis Courts) for the 3.3 miles walk. There will be a brief stop at the Kristoferson
Beaver Marsh on the way back to the cars. The first 1/2 mile of trail has a 200’ gain. Trails on top are level with
short up and downs and include a forested loop and a wetland trail.

Saturday, Mar. 4: Cama to CISP: Meet at 9:50 at Ivy Road and Dry Lake road junction. You can access Dry
Lake Road from Elger Bay Road or Monticello Road. Walk from the Cama trailhead to the South beach of
Camano Island State Park enjoying the downhill and level terrain with great views. Shuttle service will be
available to return drivers to the trailhead. If you wish you can walk back. The walk is 3.3 miles one way.

Saturday, Apr. 1: Four Springs Lake Preserve: Meet at 9:50 in the parking area of Four Springs, Proceed
from East or West Camano Roads on Camano Hill Road and turn north on Lewis Lane which is located just
west of the Camano Ridge Road. See this beautiful preserve with a walk on the perimeter trail including the
wetland trail. The perimeter trail includes two 50’ fairly steep hills with benches at the top. The distance of the
walk is approximately 2 miles. A tour of the day-rental Four Springs House, Meadow room and Barn is

Saturday, May 6: Iverson Spit Preserve, Kristoferson Creek Habitat, English Boom Historical Park:
Participants should arrive at Iverson Spit Preserve at 9:50 a.m. Iverson Spit is accessed from East Camano
Drive via Russell Road east to Sunrise Road then south to Iverson Beach Road. Follow Iverson Beach Road
east down to the beach area and drive north to the end. After a short level 1 mile walk with views of Port Susan
Bay, a beaver activity area, and the “Hobbit Trail”, drivers will caravan to Kristoferson Creek Habitat for a
short visit. The caravan directions to the next stop at English Boom Historical Park will be handed out at
Iverson Spit. The walk at English Boom Historical Park is about 1 mile in length on a marsh trail along Skagit
Bay. Baker view, interpretive boards and a boardwalk are some of the special features of this historical park..

Possible new Walk: Saturday, June 3rd: Barnum Point County Park: The availability of this walk will
depend on how much work gets done this winter by FOCIP and Island County in construction of a parking lot
for visitors. Check the Crab Cracker or Stanwood/Camano News for an update status near this scheduled date.
The June 3 walk will NOT be held.  The parking lot is not in and trails are under construction.

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Saturday, Nov. 4: Cama Beach State Park

Saturday, Dec. 2: Elger Bay Preserve