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Walk 5/12 Barnum Point Preserve

Thursday, May 12, 8:30am - 12:30pm

3-4 miles, 100 feet elevation gain

Walk 5/12 Barnum Point Preserve

Explore this relatively new 167-acre park on Camano Island that contains a treasure trove of trails along the beaches and bluffs of Port Susan Bay. Thanks to the efforts of the Whidbey-Camano Land Trust, this ecological gem opened as an Island County Park in August 2019 and is now preserved for public use. Enjoy the shoreline views, springtime greenery and abundant wildlife as we sample the excellent trail system. Natural-surface paths, mostly very smooth with possible wet or muddy areas.

Expected Conditions:

The trails here on the east side of Camano Island get frequent use on a daily basis, and should be in generally good condition. There could be some wet, muddy areas depending on the recent weather conditions. If there are any blow downs or other obstacles, I expect then to be minor. We will hike from the main parking area off of Sunrise Boulevard, and should be able to cover most all of the trails in the Preserve. The walking is mostly on typical forest trails with some modest ups and downs.

Other Considerations:

Apparently, a car prowler has made the rounds here recently, so a word to the wise-- leave nothing of value in the van. This is a good bird-watching area, so if you have some binoculars, bring them along. Wear good traction hiking shoes or boots, and the more waterproof, the better. Trekking poles may be useful for some people. I'll throw in a couple pairs of poles if you need to borrow. If we cover all the trails with time to spare, and decent weather, we could also include a stop at nearby Iverson Spit for a second short walk.