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Camano Ridge Trail — Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011

Puget Sound and Islands
The Forest Loop Trail.
This is a 402-acre preserve with miles of good winter-walking trails. There are no big views, but the forest is tall and peaceful. The trail goes up and down and back and forth on the fern-lined tread. The Forest Loop trail is a good choice. This 2.0 mile trip can be extended easily. Because this destination is not listed, I will include some directions along with a map. Take Exit 212 from I-5 and continue through Stanwood and across the bridge onto Camano Island. Three miles after the bridge, bear left at the "Y" and continue on East Camano Drive past the Plaza to Shumway Road. Turn right on Shumway and drive 1/4 mile up a hill where the road turns left and becomes Canku Road. Park at the East trailhead just past a house on the right with an extensive chain link fence or continue to the end of the road and locate the West trailhead on the right. Enjoy Camano Island, which has many trails.
Map of Camano Ridge Forest Preserve.


Revup67 on Camano Ridge Forest Preserve

This was rather easy to find. if you are planning on taking a photo of a map as included here on this site, there were none on the entire trail. Best to save this on your phone in advance as you may or may not have reception. As of 9-28-17, no trails are marked and we found several more forks along the way that did not line up with this map. Having one extra fork means a wrong turn. We used MyTracks so that we could back track but also marked the trails with arrows in the dirt. Its not a trail that leads into another county but without some insight as to where you are you could wind up going in circles. Plan ahead. if you hike later in the day the trails will go dark sooner as they are covered with towering trees and minimal light. If you enjoy birds, today from 2-4pm we noted a male and female Varied Thrush, Hermit Thrush, Swainson's Thrush (pair), Black-capped and Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Pileated Woodpecker, Dark-eyed Juncos, Song Sparrows, Spotted Towhees, and a few others.

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Revup67 on Sep 28, 2017 08:10 PM