Land Agency: Mukilteo Parks and Recreation
Contact: Mukilteo and Recreation Department: www.ci.mukilteo.wa.us/SectionIndex.asp?SectionID=15
Roundtrip: 2.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 225 feet
Access: From Everett follow SR 526 to SR 525. Turn left (south) on SR 525 and drive .5 mile to 92nd Street. Turn right and then immediately turn left into the 92nd Street Park parking area.
Notes: Dogs must be on leash.
Once logged for its cedars and firs and slated for a massive refinery, today Big Gulch is a southern Snohomish County greenbelt graced with trails and offering some fairly wild roaming just minutes from busy Paine Field. The Mukilteo Parks Department along with a slew of volunteers has recently been building and upgrading trails within this big green gully. Hikers familiar with nearby Meadowdale County Park’s Lunds Gulch will particularly like this hike for its similar features and as a nice alternative destination.
Big Gulch Trail connects Mukilteo's Library to 92nd Street Park and an overlook along SR-522, then runs along the north side of Big Gulch down to an access road and ultimately Puget Sound. With almost two miles of trail through a forested gulch surrounded by urban development, it provides a much needed recreation facility for the residents of Mukilteo.
We ran into extreme mud the first time we tried this, but that is on the lower portion of the trail. We will stay on the upper portion and then take the paved route to return. Proper footwear mandatory!
(Remember that the weather is getting warmer and access to water may not always be available along the way (but is in some cases) so bring along water for your dogs and yourself.
This week we will hike the Big Gulch Trail from 92nd Street Park to the Mukilteo Library and then back along the grassy boulevard of Mukilteo Boulevard.
A gully good hike in Mukilteo
Article and photo by Craig Romano
We may be walking on trails in parks and probably some neighborhoods surround the parks. The paths may be muddy, dusty, uneven and rocky in places. Come prepared with proper footwear - no flip flops or crocs. There may be some uphill and down but I will try not to make it too strenuous and if you have difficulty let me know and I may be able to provide an alternate route. We will walk 3-5 miles, in about 1.5 to 2 hours (starting promptly at 7 we will be done by 9pm)
Dogs in attendance must be leashed and have their owner present.
No children under the age of 12, unless they are in a stroller.
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.