Northwest Region First Day Hikes

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History, birdwatching, science -- there's a lot to love for all ages on First Day Hikes at Western Washington parks north of Seattle, in the San Juan Islands and up to the Canadian border. Find your 2022 First Day Hikes below. Parks are listed alphabetically. 

Please note: Hikes are free and you will not need a Discover Pass on Jan. 1, a State Parks Free Day. However, some parks have limited participation and other restrictions listed in the "Additional Information" section of that park's hike description. Please check to make sure you are signed up and ready to go before heading out to your hike by following the links and instructions.

  1. Parks C - D
  2. Parks F
  3. Parks M - W


  • Name of hike: Cama Beach First Day Hike
  • Name of trail: Cranberry Lake or Marine View Loop
  • Time: 11 a.m.
  • Length of hike: 2-2.5 miles
  • Where to meet: Drop off shelter near the restrooms
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age of participant: All ages can attend
  • ADA accessible? No
  • Stroller accessible? No
  • Dogs allowed on leash?  Yes
  • Restrictions: Rocks and roots on the trail. Some up and downs in the terrain.
  • What to bring:  Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring poles if that’s something you like to use.
  • Contact/organizer: Montana Napier Call (360) 913-0253 or email
  • Additional Information: Join the Interpretive Specialist, Montana Napier, and other park staff on a peaceful hike to Cranberry Lake. This gentle trail leads you through the forest to a marsh ecosystem, where there is an active beaver lodge and signs of their activity along the way. Enjoy hot drinks and snacks at the drop off shelter before the hike begins. Depending on group size, the Marine View Loop may be offered as well.
  • Contact: Montana Napier (360) 913-0253

CANCELED - Due to inclement weather

Camano Island State Park

  • Name of hike: Camano Island First Day Hike
  • Name of trail: Howard Adams Trail
  • Time: 1 p.m.
  • Length of hike: 2-2.5 miles
  • Where to meet: The restrooms near the group camp and cabins
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age of participant: All ages can attend
  • ADA accessible? No
  • Stroller accessible? No
  • Dogs allowed on leash? Yes  
  • Restrictions: Rocks and roots on the trail. Some up and downs in the terrain.
  • What to bring:  Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring poles if that’s something you like to use
  • Contact Organizer: Ali Clark (425) 312-4173 or email
  • Additional Information:  Join Ranger Clark, volunteers, and other park staff for a First Day Hike at Camano Island State Park. This forested loop will lead you deep into the forest, where ferns are in abundance and you’re surrounded by evergreen trees. Benches along the way provide nice spots to stop and take a break. On a clear day, you’ll catch peek-a-boo views of Saratoga Passage as well as the Olympic Mountains.
  • Contact Number:  Ali Clark (425) 312-4173

CANCELED - Due to inclement weather

Deception Pass State Park

  • Name of hike: First Day Hike
  • Name of trail: Interpretive Sand Dunes Trail
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Length of hike: 0.5 miles round-trip loop
  • Where to meet: West Beach Shelter
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age of participant: N/A
  • ADA accessible? Yes
  • Stroller accessible? Yes
  • Dogs allowed on leash? Yes  
  • Restrictions: N/A
  • What to bring:  Appropriate clothing for the weather (i.e., jacket, hat, gloves, and other warm clothes) and hiking shoes.
  • Contact/Organizer: Hayley Johnson Call (360) 675-3767 ext. 231  or email Hayley.Johnson@PARKS.WA.GOV
  • Additional Information: Starting at the West Beach Shelter, Park staff will guide hikers around the Sand Dunes Interpretive Trail loop. This is a paved ADA and stroller accessible trail with minor bumps along the way. On this hike, we will find great views of the Salish Sea, travel around dune forests, wetlands, sandy beach, and visit one of the oldest trees in the Park. Children are welcome on the trail.
  • Contact Number: (360) 675-3767 ext. 231