For the remainder of May, let's do a series of river (or creek) walks. Most of these are flat and paved for the majority of the way. We will walk 3-5 miles, in about 1.5 to 2 hours (starting promptly at 7 we will be done by 9pm)
This week let's do the Pipers Creek Trail in Carkeek Park and more trails in the park as time allows. You will have to work a little harder on this walk and it is not paved. The Piper's creek trail has an initial down hill and then is fairly flat and nicely graveled (should be stroller friendly). The trails up out of the park that run the perimeter of Carkeek are a little rougher and more strenuous. Come and do what you can, this is a gem of a park.
ABOUT CARKEEK PARK
This popular park offers extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Explore the secrets of this northwest Seattle watershed, nine miles from downtown. Here, 220 acres of lush forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks, and beach are formed by the magic of water and time. Come take part in an education program, have a picnic, or get involved as a volunteer teacher or as part of an outdoor work party. Walk the Pipers Canyon Story Trail, play on the uniquely salmon themed play area, or touch time at the historic Piper Orchard.
In Carkeek Park, years of hard work by neighbors and volunteers have brought salmon back to Pipers Creek, restored major portions of the forest, built miles of trails, created sustainable gardens, educated visitors, and restored a unique fruit orchard. Come join this vigorous group through the contact information above!
Carkeek Park: a treasure chest of wonders waiting to be discovered.
Piper’s Orchard in Carkeek Park, Seattle, WA, a historic fruit orchard, may be reached from Carkeek Park’s lower meadow parking lot ( Seattle Park’s directions to Carkeek here ), by walking up along Piper’s Creek. There’s also a new trail leading down from the park entrance (near the Environmental Learning Center). An alternative way to reach the orchard is by following the ravine from the park’s small southerly McAbee entrance. The McAbee parking lot and trailhead are behind the QFC from Holman Road, off of NW 100th Pl. at 6th Ave. NW.
Remember that the weather is getting warmer and access to the river may not always be possible (but is in some cases) so bring along water for your dogs and yourself.
Dogs in attendance must be leashed and have their owner present.
Children under the age of 12 must be in a stroller, leashed or have a separate handler than the dog. They are not allowed to walk the dog and must be respectful and stay away (unless invited) from dogs that are not their own.
We will make it a priority to walk as a group. Paces may be a little different but I will stop along the way for others to catch up. Everybody needs to watch out for others. Let somebody know if you need a break or are going to turn around/
Please check email or this site the day of the event for any last minute changes or cancellations due to weather, road closures, illness, etc. I will try to post last minute details by 7am.