37 – Lake Terrell and Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve

Having wanted to explore the trails around Lake Terrell for some time, and by adding in the trail through the nearby Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve, it made for a great hike. Somewhat of an adventure, it turned out not quite as easy to find the entrance to Lake Terrell as it would have been had we brought a map along, but persistent enough to drive around in the general vicinity for a long enough time, we finally found the lake.

Lake Terrell Game Range

Parking near our first sighting of signage for Lake Terrell, we followed a trail around the shore of the lake to a public fishing dock.

At Lake Terrell . . .

Continuing on past the main parking lot and another public dock, we enjoyed great views of the Lake.

Lake Terrell . . .

And explored its shore.

At Lake Terrell . . .

After we were content that we had explored enough at Lake Terrell, we returned to the car and set off to find the Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve. Again a bit of an adventure, even though we had recently explored the beach portion of the Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve (see Hike #35 – Point Whitehorn from Birch Bay State Park), having had a map along would have come in handy when it came to finding the park entrance from the street side.

Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve entrance

The trail through the reserve passes over wetlands as it winds its way through a forest scattered with Sitka Spruce.

Trail through Sitka spruce . . . Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve

Having brought slices of homemade pizza along for lunch, we sat on a bench and enjoyed our picnic and the picturesque view from the top of the bluff.

The view from the viewpoint . . . Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve

The trail continues along the bluff to more viewpoints before it leads down to the beach, but after our picnic, we backtracked to the trailhead. Seeing masses of wild bleeding hearts and wild ginger growing along the trail, what a treat it would be to re-visit this park later in the spring when they are both in bloom.

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