Coupeville is one of those artsy, waterfront towns that tourists love to visit. Returning by ferry from a trip to the Olympic Vacation, we decided to stop at Coupeville to take in their Dockside Walk. Most of the tourists visit Coupeville during the warm, summer months, so it was very enjoyable to be there at the end of January as we practically had the entire town to ourselves.
This was really more of an urban walk than hike, but is included here as it is pretty easy to log several miles of walking along the dock, historic wharf, museum and side streets. Go here – http://www.cometocoupeville.com/ – for information on the town of Coupeville.
History, barracks, batteries, museums, castles, tunnels, bluffs, a Lighthouse and more, by the time we had finished exploring this State Park, my Fitbit had logged me at just over four miles on the trails at Fort Warden State Park.
Four hundred ten feet long and 86 feet high, the Johnson Creek Trestle along the Olympic Discovery Trail was our first hike of the day.
The Olympic Discovery Trail has five original railroad trestles that have been converted to trail use. With three of them being over 400 feet long, the highest is 85 feet above the stream bed and was curved to increase stability. This one is certainly impressive!
We were told we were their only visitors for the day as we toured the New Dungeness Lighthouse (the “old” one happens to be in Scotland). Maybe it was because it is an 11-1/2 mile walk along the wave-slapped shore of the Dungeness Spit to get there and back, but we sure had a GREAT time!
The wind was blowing, waves of tide were rolling in and it was raining as we hit the narrow strip of beach along the longest coastal spit in the continental United States.
As we approached our final destination, the keeper of the lighthouse came out to greet us.
Families volunteer for a week at a time to be lighthouse keepers. They and their guests get to stay in the furnished house by the lighthouse and when visitors hike out, their job is to give them a tour.
Our private tour took us all the way up to the top of the lighthouse.
After touring the lighthouse, we were escorted to a warm, dry building with a bench where we sat and ate our lunch before making the long hike back along the spit to the trailhead.
Our new FAVORITE Skagit County Park! Reading about this fairly new county park on the Washington Trails Association (WTA) website, we decided it would make a good winter hike. The description on the WTA website indicates only 1.5 miles of trails, however, we found many other trails while there and managed to explore many more miles of the park. The views were nothing short of stunning!
If you follow all the trails around Squalicum Harbor and through Zuanich Point, you can easily get in just over three miles of trail time. All extremely easy, but oh so beautiful! A lovely place to be on a sunny winter day!