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Trillium Community Forest

Puget Sound and Islands

Location

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island
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Length

7.0 miles of trails

Elevation

Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 260 ft.

Rating

3.00 out of 5

 
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

Trillium Community Forest has 721 forested acres that can be explored from the seven miles of trails provided for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Large areas are protected as a refuge for wildlife. The Land Trust is actively working to improve the habitat quality of the forest. Protection was a joint effort by the Land Trust, community, and Island County.

Since the forest is accessible from three separate parking lots, there are many ways to explore the area. 

Beginning on Pacific Dogwood Trailhead near Highway 525, the first quarter-mile of the trail is along paved road before arriving at a red gate, to the left of the trail Patrick's Way. From here, the trail becomes an old dirt road, where visitors can walk side by side along the wide road bed.

Along the way are ferns lining the path, while Douglas-Fir, hemlock, and pine trees soar above the forest floor. Wildlife abounds here, with the possibility of seeing deer, squirrels, and plenty of flitting birds. The trail heads gradually downhill, in a gentle zigzag through the forest, connecting to various other. Near the intersection with the Crossroad trail a bench lies for some rest under a big maple tree. It's destination leads to the Burkholder trail which ends into private property.

If you're beginning at Smugglers Cove Trailhead, zig zag upward through a dense forest. As you progress your way closer to Patrick's Way, the forest opens and more sunlight comes through.

Beginning at Bounty Loop trailhead, hikers are welcome to use the short and level ADA-accessible loop trail. All users can head down the paved Bounty loop for couple hundred feet, until it opens onto to a dirt path. Bounty connects to Crossroads trail.

Crossroads trail has lots of salal and winding trail lead to more varied trails. Go South to Raven and make a nice loop back using Peaceful Firs or head North to Dragonfly Glades.

There are lots of fun ways to vary your routes here! Be sure to check the map at each trailhead kiosk when you visit, as the trail network is somewhat intricate, and some may dead-end at private property. Maps are also available on the Whidbey Camano Land Trust webite or stop by Greenbank Farm and pick a map from their office.

Seasonal Note: Between October to December, the area is open to hunting and closed to hikers for their safety. Check the website before visiting to ensure the forest is open.

 

Trillium Community Forest

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.0501, -122.5679 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island

Whidbey Camano Land Trust

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Guidebooks & Maps

https://www.wclt.org/protected-properties/

Getting There

The Trillium Community Forest has three access points to the forest.

Highway 525 Trailhead
On Whidbey Island, coming from the north or south on Highway 525, turn west on to Pacific Dogwood Lane, 0.9 miles north of Mutiny Bay Road. This parking lot accommodates up to 12 passenger vehicles (under 22 feet in length). Trailer parking is not allowed.

Smugglers Cove Trailhead
On Whidbey Island, coming from the north on Highway 525, turn right onto Smugglers Cove Road, just before Greenbank Farm. Follow Smugglers Cove Rd for 5.2 miles. The parking lot is on the left

Coming from the south on Highway 525, 0.8 miles after Main Street/Fish Road (Freeland), turn left onto Bush Point Road. After 2.2 miles Bush Point Road becomes Smugglers Cove Road. Continue on Smugglers Cove Road for 1.7 miles. The parking lot is on the right, and can accommodate horse trailers, buses, and RVS.

Bounty Loop Trailhead (ADA Accessible)
On Whidbey Island, coming from the north or south on Highway 525, turn west onto Mutiny Bay Road. After 0.3 miles, turn right onto N Bounty Road. Continue another 0.2 miles to the corner of N Bounty Road Bounty Loop. Signs for the parking lot are posted. There are multiple handicapped accessible parking spaces, the lot holds 8 passenger vehicles (under 22 feet in length). Trailer parking is not allowed.

Take Transit:

Island Transit route 56 stops at the intersection of SR 525 and Classic Road, which is 0.9 mile from the trailhead. 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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