Kiket Island & Washington Park

Sat, May 27, 9am – 4pm

Kiket Island and Washington Park EASY Hikes: Kiket Island is a small island between Laconner and Anacortes that is a short walk from the parking area out to the end and back, 2 miles roundtrip. Made up of Kiket Island and Flagstaff Point, the Kukutali Preserve is a part of Deception Pass State Park that is jointly owned by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and Washington State Parks. Not long enough for a solo event so we’ll get back in the cars after this stroll along Puget Sound and head to THE Bakery in Anacortes before parking at Washington Park, also on the Puget Sound, where we will walk on asphalt and on dirt trails approximately 3 miles with a 250′ elevation gain. Meet at REI at 9am with a stop for Skagit Co. members at the Park and Ride along I-5, exit # 231 at 9:30am. Discover Pass is required to park at the trailhead. Suggested carpool fee of $7. Bring your appetite! Questions call or email Mike at mikesdavis@outlook.com , 708.302.9177.
Trip Report

Saturday May 27 turned out to be a phenomenal day for two walks in greater Anacortes.

16 happy folks turned out to walk Kiket Island and Washington Park.

Kiket Island is a newly opened park near La Conner that has been the location of many things over the last 100 years that includes a possible nuclear powerplant site, many thanks to Richard Thody for his presentation of the details of the history of Kiket Park.  From the parking area the walk to the point was 1 mile with minimal elevation gain and one difficult area of beached driftwood logs we had to climb over.  At the tip of the island views of Deception Pass bridge could be seen to the West, Simik Bay to the North, and Lang Bay to the South.  Many kayakers were paddling about and stopping on nearby Skagit Island.  3 Eagles fished and soared around us while chattering.

Next stop of the day consisted of a snack at The Store in Anacortes which is known for some fantastic baked goods, yesterday they did not disappoint.  After a relaxing hour the group headed to Washington Park where we assembled and walked the loop with some stellar views of Puget sound.  To enjoy the park further we got off trail a bit, great for getting away from the car traffic on the park paved path.  Groups did their own thing based on abilities and we reassembled at the South lookout where the H word was mentioned by a few of us.  Got to say it was really nice to sweat again!  We agreed we are all ready for 4-5 months more of this weather after the long gloomy Winter!

Last stop of the day was Bastion Brewing where the beer was cold and delicious but the food and service needs improvement.

Warm memories of our group of 16 yesterday.  Hope to see you all again soon!!

Thank you to all who drove yesterday, all riders appreciated it! IMG_5063

Michael Davis