15 – Larrabee State Park

The Washington State Parks Department calls the Discover Pass our ” ticket to Washington’s great outdoors”. It probably helps that I am completing sixty hikes before my sixtieth birthday, but since purchasing my $30 pass, I certainly am enjoying that “ticket”. With two lakes (Fragrance Lake and Lost Lake) and plenty of shoreline, Larrabee State Park offers plenty of hiking opportunities. Some of the trails at Larrabee State Park is where I hiked today, and the Discover Pass was required in order to park there. Oh, and after my hike, I relaxed on the beach and enjoyed the view from my “great outdoors”.

Enjoying the view . . . at Larrabee State Park

Funny, I sat my almost finished apple down on the rock next to me as I took a drink from my water jug and this gull snatched it right up, then provided the entertainment as it nibbled and picked away at the rest of that apple.

This gull snatched my apple . . .

There are several short trails, less than two miles total, that follow and meander around the cliffs above the beach, and some leading right down to the beach. With its weathered cliffs and big rocks on which to climb, even when the tide is in, some of the coves remain accessible so there is still plenty of opportunity to explore.

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The trails are accessible by taking the trail near the 1915 Band Shell that is near the playground and restrooms at Larrabee State Park. Go through the railroad tunnel and there are trails to both the left and right. I like how there are local-themed murals painted inside that tunnel now.

Through the tunnel under the tracks . . .

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