Hike of the Week for Friday, February 12, 2010
A sweet little hike on Camano Island
Article and photo by Craig Romano
The trail to Cranberry Lake meanders
through a quiet grove of alders.
Location: Camano Island
Land Agency: Washington State Parks
Roundtrip: 1.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 125 feet
Contact: Cama Beach State Park (360) 387-1550; www.parks.wa.gov/camabeach/
Notes: Dogs must be leashed
Access: From Exit 212 on I-5, travel west on SR 532 to Camano Island to a junction at 10.0 miles. Bear left onto NE Camano Drive and proceed for 2.5 miles. Turn right onto S Camano Hill Road continuing for 3.4 miles to a junction with SW Camano Drive. Turn left reaching Cama Beach State Park entrance in 2.8 miles. Turn right reaching trailhead in .3 mile.
Washington’s newest state park, 433-acre Cama Beach is rapidly becoming one of the state’s more popular parks. And it’s easy to see why! This park is a unique gem preserving a charming restored 1930s beachside cabin resort. But there’s more—over a mile of Puget Sound shoreline and miles of hiking trails including connections to nearby Camano Island State Park and Camano Island Conservation lands. Cranberry Lake, located within Cama Beach State Park is a nice quiet easy hike and perfect for kids and hiking newbies.
From the drop-off shelter at the south end of the park’s parking area; take the trail left heading away from the shore. Now, following an old resort access road travel under a canopy of mature firs and maples. In a quarter-mile reach a trail junction and road crossing. The trail right is part of the Cross Island Trail. It leads 1.0 mile to Camano Island State Park where several more miles of trail can be accessed. Continue straight carefully crossing the road and come to another junction. The trail left, a continuation of the Cross Island Trail heads 1.25 miles through quiet woodlands to Ivy Lane.
You’ll want to veer right on good trail through alders and snowberry bushes gently climbing a small ridge. At .75 mile reach little Cranberry Lake, a shallow wetland surrounded by cattails, spirea and huckleberry bushes. Nothing exceptional—just a nice walk in the woods in a gorgeous park. Explore the other trails at will!
Cranberry Lake is one of the destinations featured in my new Winter Hikes of Western Washington Card Deck