The Hiker Mama

Southwest County Park

Distance: Approximately 2 miles.

Elevation Gain: 100 feet

Season: Year-round

Description: This beautiful forested park is tucked away in suburban Edmonds and is bisected by Olympic View Drive. It’s got 120 acres of mature second-growth forest with multiple paths for families to wander. There are two sections of paths to choose from. To the south of Olympic View Drive is a small hill with two concentric loops of 0.4 miles and 0.7 miles. The rest of the trails are across the street in the ravine that is formed by Perrinville Creek. The way is shady, and children will enjoy watching for squirrels and listening to birds.

Directions: From I-5 in Lynnwood, take exit 181B for 196th St./Hwy 524 and head west on Hwy 524. Pass SR99 and then turn right on 76th Ave W. Wind down the hill, and at a 4-way stop at Olympic View Drive, turn left. Drive about 1/4 mile and you’ll see a pullout to the left on the side of the road. This is the trailhead parking. There is room for 6-7 cars. There are no outhouses, water, tables, or other amenities.

Links: Visit the Snohomish County Parks website for more information about the park. You can also read Craig Romano’s take on his Hike of the Week site.