21 – Interurban Trail to Teddy Bear Cove

Hike #10 – Teddy Bear Cove completed last month was pretty much the same as this hike, but my friend had indicated that she has wanted to go to Teddy Bear Cove for decades, but did not know where to find the trail. Having called me earlier in the day, she mentioned that she was attending the travel presentation at our local Senior Center in the early afternoon. I decided it must be time for me to pony up my dues for 2012 so that I could attend too. Meeting there, we headed off for the trailhead after learning about some great sounding travel destinations along the British Columbia Sunshine Coast and the Discovery Islands.

Meeeting up at the travel planning presentation . . .

Even if you have been there before, the trailhead to Teddy Bear Cove is tricky to find if you are driving along Chuckanut Drive – but if you are hiking along the Interurban Trail, you will see a very obvious sign directing you to Teddy Bear Cove.

(Pic by Beth) Beth and I at the Teddy Bear Cove sign, below Chuckanut Drive

It is impossible to say which one of us actually takes the most pictures, Beth or I, but thank goodness it is not a contest. Suffice it to say, we both take a lot! I like this picture she snapped of me along the Teddy Bear Cove trail. It is a beautiful trail.

(Pic by Beth) Me . . . along the Teddy Bear Cove Trail

Not an exceptionally low tide, but it was out, so we had more beach to explore and more access to the giant sandstone boulders than when I was there last month. Climbing on the rocks is always fun! I love this picture I got of Beth. She was attempting to climb the rocks to reach the cliffs above, but eventually turned around.

Beth . . . climbing on the boulders at Teddy Bear Cove

I love it when I find oysters on the beach. It brings back fond memories from my childhood of big family get togethers along these same beaches – picnics, beachcombing with the cousins, clam digging and oyster gathering with my father, potato salad, fried chicken and sunburns.

(Pic by Beth) Me . . . finding oysters at Teddy Bear Cove

To get there yourself, start at the North Chuckanut Trailhead, follow the Hemlock Trail for a short distance until it intersects with the Interurban Trail. Follow the Interurban Trail until you see the the sign pointing to Teddy Bear Cove. Turn off the Interurban trail and take a very short trail with steps leading down to Chuckanut Drive. Chuckanut Drive is a narrow, winding road with lots of blind corners and fast moving traffic, so extra caution must be taken when walking across. Once you have safely made it across, go down one more set of steps, and once below Chuckanut Drive, you will finally see a big sign for Teddy Bear Cove. (Who decides where to place these signs anyway?) Follow the Teddy Bear Cove Trail to the beach. Enjoy!

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