Within the Chuckanut Mountains, Lake Samish is not a place that I often think of when setting out for a hike, but with well over three miles of trails from the shore up through its steep, densely forested slopes, the 39-acre Samish Park is exactly where I headed this morning.
With the sound of a fast moving creek almost constant as I hiked the trails today, there were also several waterfalls. The most spectacular, barely fifty feet off the trail. At least thirty-feet wide, it was one giant wall of water pouring over a massive cliff.
The Lakeshore Trail (.7 miles in length) is rated moderate, but I found it required little effort and was quite easy. However, the Hillside Trail (1.3 miles in length) is rated strenuous, and I agree as I felt it was a good climb up its series of switchbacks. In addition, I found many smaller trails branching off and looping back to the main Hillside Trail. Taking some of those trails at least twice, I probably covered over twice the distance of the combined Lakeshore and Hillside Trails.
Relaxing along the shore of Lake Samish enjoying a snack at the end of my hike, I couldn’t help but appreciate the beauty of Samish Park.