Evans Creek Preserve features a Washington Trails Association built trail system in an ecologically diverse enclave. Wetlands, meadows, and hillside forest can be found in this 179-acre farmstead-turned-suburban nature preserve that will thrill both the hiker and the birdwatcher. Not only that, this gem has ADA-accessible trails and is reachable by public transportation.
If you park at the lower trail head, enter the Preserve on the crushed gravel path that crosses Evans Creek over a steel truss pedestrian bridge. There is a privy at the first intersection. At the intersections, mounted maps indicate the location of the hiker in the trail system. At this point, you are in the meadow, and you can stroll through meadow, stop at one of the four bird watching platforms, or enter the wetland.
When you move south into the wetland area, marvel at the puncheon bridges over the wetland and creeks. Take in the odor of salmonberry and skunk cabbage in spring, while forest canopy towers over you.
At the top of the ridge, cruise over the WTA’s hand built bridges and turnpikes that keep your boots dry as you wend your way towards the Sahalee trail head. You will likely encounter massive stumps and rusting artifacts that testify to the area’s logging history. At the upper trail head, glimpse through the trees at the expanse of Evans Creek Preserve lying below you, and try to choose which route will take you back down.
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