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FOCIP Guided Winter Walks 2012-2013

posted Nov 20, 2012, 7:17 PM by Roxie Rochat

We invite you to participate in the variety of free guided trail walks on Camano Island.  Walks are the first Saturday of the month, November through May from 9:50 am to noon. 

The pace is moderate and the walks take place rain or shine. Walks are cancelled if there is snow or extremely high winds. Walkers are asked to wear clothing appropriate for weather conditions including sturdy shoes or boots.

Each trail has its own unique natural features as well as added enhancements such as educational kiosks, benches, bridges, boardwalks, viewing platforms and interpretive signage provided by FOCIP over the years. A naturalist will be along on these walks to answer your questions and offer information about the flora and fauna.

We hope you will choose to spend the first couple of hours of your busy Saturdays walking in the peaceful environment of our Camano trails. Bring your family, and invite neighbors and friends to join you.

Participants will receive a complimentary brochure listing all of the winter walks and other FOCIP and Backyard Wildlife Habitat activities.  A FOCIP Camano Trails Booklet containing maps and information about the Camano Island trails is available to participants for a suggested donation of $1.00. 

Please no dogs for these community guided walks.


Saturday, Nov.  3: 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 ravine.


Saturday, Dec. 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 available.


Saturday, Jan 5:  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 highlight the walk. The walk is a 2.3 mile round trip and completed by noon.


Saturday, Feb 2:  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 new 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.  The walk is completed by noon.


Saturday, Mar 2: Camano Ridge Forest Preserve 

Meet at 9:50 at the Camano Multi-Center on East Camano (the "Blue Building", next to Tennis Courts) for the 3.3 mile walk. There will be a brief stop at the Kristoferson Beaver Marsh during the return to the parking area. The first ½ mile of trail has a 200’ gain. Trails on top are fairly level and include a forest loop.


Saturday, April 6: 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 cars 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, May 4: 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 mile walk with views of Port Susan Bay, a beaver activity area, and the “Hobbit Trail” drivers will leave there and 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 a 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.