The Hiker Mama

North Creek Park

Distance: Up to 1.5 miles round trip  
Elevation Gain:  The Trail is mostly flat.  

Season: Year-round

Map:  Print one out from the Snohomish County website.

Directions:   From I-5, take the 164th St. Exit in Mill Creek and head east.  Go down the long hill into downtown Mill Creek, and turn Right on SR 527 (Bothell-Everett Hwy).  Turn right (west) on 183rd St. SE and find the park on your right after a few blocks.  There is a parking area, playground and porta-potties.

Description:   North Creek Park is on the site of the Bailey Farm, originally homesteaded in the 1890s.  There are some interpretive signs explaining the history and ecology of the site at various spots along the trail.  The path begins as gravel, but after going down a small hill, it becomes a boardwalk that floats on the water as it rises and falls.  The boardwalk winds back and forth through the wetland.  There is a side trail off to a peat bog, and another side trail off to a small pond.  Wear waterproof boots in the wet seasons, because water covers the boards at times. Birds and frogs are often seen in this rich wetland area.
Links: Visit the Snohomish County website for their writeup about the park.  They also have a simple map you can print out.


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