Cama Beach Historical State Park / 卡馬海灘歷史州立公園

The recruit has been with us for a month, and he has already done one hike short of a dozen. But I began to feel the weight in my backpack on this trip. Last week, we made a loop trip through Deception Pass State Park. Today, we found better weather up in Cama Beach Historical State Park. Then we also looped through Camano Island State Park.

Cranberry Lake in Cama Beach Historical State Park
Cranberry Lake in Cama Beach Historical State Park

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Cama Beach Historical State Park at a Glance

Access: Parking lot (official park website)
Round Trip: 8.3 miles
Elevation Range: 10′-320′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Cama Beach Historical State Park

We came up to Camano Island for the first time three weeks ago. So I didn’t think we would be back so soon. But I decided it was worth another visit after reading some reports and seeing photos. I especially wanted to check out the viewpoint by the Bluff Trail. It looked to be the place for views of the Puget Sound.

The nearby Camano Island State Park looked very close. And as it turned out, both parks were only one mile apart. So I thought we would combine the two if time allowed. The new plan would then give us the extra mileage and exercise we needed on flat ground.

Cross Island Trail
Cross Island Trail

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Cranberry Lake

The first place we went to check out was the famous Cranberry Lake. It sat right inside the eastern park boundary. We parked next to the Bluff Trail Trailhead. So from there, it’s a quick, one-mile hike to reach the western shore. The main path went east for another .1 mile. But we stopped on the small peninsula to view the serene lake from there.

We met one runner along our hike through the old forest. Then right before getting to the lake, we met two hikers with their pups. Everyone looked to be enjoying the day. The only downside about the trail was that the Camano Drive cut through the middle of the park. The traffic coming down the hill didn’t seem to be slowing down.

Wetland before Cranberry Lake
Wetland before Cranberry Lake

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Getting to Camano Island State Park

On the way back, we crossed Camano Drive for the second time. But we somehow missed the connector trail and continued west. So I checked my GPS. Then I realized we had overshot the junction by a quarter of a mile. After turning around, we met more hikers and pups by the road entrance.

Hiking south for a quarter of a mile got us down to the southern park boundary. Then it was another .75 mile of mindless road walk through the residential area. Sadly, the private property along the beach had taken away a big chunk of the waterfront view. Very soon, we were at the park entrance. Then we hiked clockwise on the Loop Trail.

Bridging the gap
Bridging the gap

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Looping Through Camano Island State Park

The Loop Trail initially went through the forest. The views were minimal. But just as we walked past the campground, the landscape began to expand. From there, we finally were able to look out to the Puget Sound. There were several openings with benches along the way. We saw a handful of hikers before getting to the lower parking lot.

Right before going back to the park entrance, there was the last clearing with decent views. By now, more people had come into the area. So we didn’t make too many stops. Then we continued to hike up through the residential area for one mile. Soon afterward, we were back in the forested Cama Beach Historial State Park.

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Puget Sound
Puget Sound

Bluff Trail Viewpoint

We hiked through the parking lot and went north on the Bluff Trail. At a quarter of a mile in was a junction. So I looked at the map and then decided to do the one-mile loop hike through Marine Loop Trail. The section alongside Camano Drive wasn’t too exciting. But I mainly wanted more exercise.

The viewpoint was just off the trail. But it felt hidden with the trees and dense shrubs. The platform at the lookout looked pretty new. Though, it wasn’t exactly the best spot to see out to the sea. So we went outside of the structure to get better views, including the state park cabins.

Thanks for another fantastic day
Thanks for another fantastic day

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Outro

It took under half a mile to get back to the parking lot. Along the way, we met a few groups of people going over to the viewpoint. The puppy surely enjoyed the attention from everyone.

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