Seattle Flickr May Stroll - Spencer Island, Everett.

 

 

This month we'll take a nature walk around Spencer Island in north Everett. The land was once part of a strawberry farm which was prone to flooding from the Snohomish river. The farm donated the land to Snohomish County as a Natural Wildlife Reserve and has let the water reclaim the land.

 

 

Driving directions: http://goo.gl/maps/opYtX

Be careful once on Hwy 529 to not miss the turn to Smith Island Road. Once you pass over the bridge, it will sneak up on you. It's a sharp right turn off the highway. You should see a sign for the Everett Animal Shelter.

Follow Smith Island Road to the end of the paved road, past the Animal Shelter. You will pass a Crew house, that is where the only "indoor" bathrooms are located. There is a port-o-potty at the trail head. You will likely want to park at the end of the Smith Island Road before it turns to the left towards a gravel road, which is 4th St. Then walk down the gravel road, it's around 3 blocks. There is a closer parking lot about half way down the gravel road, but it is very small and only holds around 8 cars. We'll meet at the end of the gravel road at the green bridge.

Spencer Island: http://goo.gl/maps/Zh5ab

This is also nesting season, so there should be a lot of birds around. Bring your long lens if you have one! With that, this park is not dog friendly. So, please leave the dogs at home.

If you zoom in on the map to Spencer Island, you can see the loop trail we'll walk. You can choose to walk the full loop or just parts. The loop will likely take an hour, give or take.

This park glistens on a sunny day and is moody on a cloudy one. The above was taken around 4:30 in the afternoon on a sunny February day just as the clouds were rolling in.

 

Stroll tag: stroll1305 "Seattle Flickr Meetups"

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  • Leilah

    Big thanks to all that came out to play today! It was a lovely group. Awesome to see a few old-timers, new folks, and repeat offenders ;-)

    3 · May 19, 2013

    • Dorrena O.

      Pax and I were a half hour late and we stopped at the first opening where there was a sign that said no parking beyond this point. We got out and walked up the path about 15 minutes and decided we were not at the correct place. We finally found the bridge and got a few pictures to share. ;-) This is a great local gem for birdwatchers. Loved it!

      May 20, 2013

    • Leilah

      Oh, sorry we missed you! Yes, those "no parking" signs were confusing. Honestly, I can't say I ever noticed them before. As we learned, signs in Germany mean what they say. Signs in America (or Everett) don't always mean what they say! (lol) Sorry for the confusion.

      2 · May 20, 2013

  • Thomas O.

    Have been born and raised in Everett and never knew that was there.
    Just knes about the water treatment plant you drove around.

    May 19, 2013

    • Leilah

      Glad I could bring it to a natives attention. I don't think it existed before 2003 or 04? I first visited in 2004 I think?

      May 19, 2013

  • Thomas O.

    was a lot that could fill the whole day....an earlier start would have posibly located more Animals.

    May 19, 2013

  • Leilah

    I'm seeing some awesome shots here on Meetup, and I'd love to see them posted here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/se...­ on Flickr! Remember to tag them with today's stroll tag: stroll1305 "Seattle Flickr Meetups" If you don't know how, shoot me a message and I'll try to help via email :-)

    May 19, 2013

  • Minh T.

    Excellent!

    May 19, 2013

  • Leilah

    we are heading to scuttlebutt brewery on the Everett waterfront for food, come join us!

    1 · May 19, 2013

    • Leilah

      13th is now Port Gardner Way

      May 19, 2013

  • Leilah

    We're almost back to the trail head!

    May 19, 2013

    • Al G.

      Minh and I on the way back

      May 19, 2013

    • Leilah

      We're waiting for you, talking food!

      1 · May 19, 2013

  • Mara

    I seem to be missing every turn, hope to catch up with you all eventually!

    May 19, 2013

    • Leilah

      we are just at the bridge now mara

      May 19, 2013

  • Leilah

    We're at the small lot, getting ready to head to the bridge.

    May 19, 2013

    • Minh T.

      how to get to thebridge?

      May 19, 2013

  • Leilah

    Just parked. The small lot is currently wide open! When you turn to the left towards the gravel road, the sign says "no parking ahead", just keep going. If you hit the Green bridge, you've gone too far.

    May 19, 2013

    • Al G.

      We are walking

      May 19, 2013

  • Minh T.

    where are you Leila?

    May 19, 2013

  • John L.

    Not making it. Very long day yesterday.

    May 19, 2013

  • Minh T.

    We are on our way. With Al and Jason.

    May 19, 2013

  • Karen P.

    I will be a bit late unfortunately, see you on the trail!

    May 19, 2013

    • Leilah

      Thanks for the heads up, Karen!

      May 19, 2013

  • Minh T.

    Hi all, I have my car seats available from Kent to the Park. Sens me a message if you need a ride.

    May 19, 2013

    • Minh T.

      Al, I will try to meet you there!

      1 · May 19, 2013

    • Al G.

      Waiting for you

      May 19, 2013

  • Leilah

    Also, it did lightly rain this morning out in Everett, but the site I looked at said by 11:00 there should only be like a 12% chance of rain. Mainly just clouds -- but I'm hoping for sun breaks! Might wear shoes that can handle some wetness as the trails are not paved. And comfy shoes are always good. If you walk the full loop, it's a bit of a walk. See you at Spencer Island!

    2 · May 19, 2013

  • Leilah

    Howdy folks! Just a reminder, if you are NOT going to make it today, PLEASE change your RSVP before 11:30 -- this will help me know who I need to wait for! And it's courteous ;-)

    2 · May 19, 2013

  • "J"

    Any drivers carpooling from the east side?

    May 16, 2013

    • Al G.

      Yup. Newport Hills, Bellevue.

      May 16, 2013

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