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5 Trails Less Traveled

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” -Robert Frost

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Get yourself some respite and a little elbow room at any of these five lesser-known trails.

1. Lime Kiln Trail (Granite Falls, WA 98252)

This hiking trail was originally a section of rail line built in 1892 and gets its name from the 20 foot-high kiln, 2.6 miles in, that was once used to cook limestone. Walk across bridges over babbling brooks while breathing in the healing aroma of nature. Find yourself in another time and place.

2. North Creek Trail (620 128th St SE, Everett, WA 98208)

This paved trail is a two mile pedestrian connection between two cities. Catch a bus to the park-and-ride or find plenty of parking at McCollum Park. Travel through a wetland preserve with an umbrella of trees overhead. Where the trail tapers, treat yourself to a coffee or a meal at the Mill Creek Town Center.

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3. Al Borlin Park (615 Simons, Rd, Monroe, WA 98272)

A gravel path with narrower sandy offshoots, the forested riverside trail at Al Borlin Park is perhaps Monroe’s best kept secret. Located in the foothills of the Cascades, the air is fresh and little can be heard but the birds and the rushing river. It makes a great spot to wade out, take a dip, or do some fishing.

4. Kayak Point (15711 Marine Dr, Stanwood, WA 98292)

At just over a mile long, the dirt hiking path at Kayak Point is short but very sweet. Tucked inside a county park with access to the Salish Sea, this woodsy wonderland will make you forget all about the hustle and bustle outside of it.

5. Langus Riverfront Park (400 Smith Island Rd, Everett, WA 98201)

An ideal walking, running, or what-have-you gem, this paved route makes its way alongside the scenic Snohomish River. Catch a rowing team move together in synchronicity, or a line of colored train cars chug along with you in motion.

Christa Porter
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