Cranberry Lake, Camano Island

IMG_3109On Mother’s Day, we ended up doing this little kid-friendly hike after our Ferry Ride didn’t quite go as expected.  This walk is short and perfect for tiny legs who are just starting to hike on their own. If you’re from around the Stanwood/Camano area, you’ve probably done this one, but if not, I’d highly recommend it for beginning hikers. Almost completely flat, the trail weaves in and out of the forest, until you reach a Beaver Marsh, named Cranberry Lake. We love this lake because there is always lots of wildlife to see, including turtles, frogs, ducks, beavers, eagles and lots of other birds.

To access the trail, either park inside of Cama Beach State Park or park along side West Camano Drive at the trail head. You’ll need a Discover Pass and maybe a picnic or some snacks. Other than that, you’re good to go. No special hiking equipment needed for this one. Just go and have fun with your kids!

Here are a few pictures from our walk:
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Have you done any fun family hikes lately? If so, which ones?

 For more kid-friendly hike ideas, be sure to search our “hiking with kids” tag! 

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About Angela Strand

Angela is a wife, mama to three little ones and a lifelong Washington State resident. Besides facilitating the NW Healthy Mama website, she loves being involved in her kids' school, hiking with her girlfriends, growing all the things, writing, reading and taking photos.

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