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Elger Bay Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area
48.1453, -122.4675 Map & Directions
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
125 feet
Highest Point
225 feet
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The snowy Cascades looking across Elger Bay. Photo by geezerhiker.
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast

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One of many nice day hike options on Camano Island, Elger Bay Preserve has several interpretative trails featuring beautiful views across Elger Bay. Continue reading

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Hiking Elger Bay Preserve

One of many nice dayhike options on Camano Island, Elger Bay Preserve has several interpretative trails featuring beautiful views across Elger Bay.

At the trailhead sign, take a right onto a wide, grassy path. The trail rolls up and down as it approaches your first junction. Turn right onto the South Hill section of the trail. At the top of the hill, there is an amphitheater that makes a great picnic area or learning center.

Continue on the South Hill Trail until the next junction, where you’ll connect back to the main nature loop. The trail meanders through the woods with the occasional muddy area or downed tree, but it’s clear this trail is well-maintained. There are nature identification signs and posts with directions marking every junction.

At 1.1 miles, you come upon the Beaver Marsh, a good place to stop for a snack or a drink of water. This marsh, combined with the amphitheater, makes this trail a great resource for educators to learn about nature, LNT principles, and ecosystems.

Continue along the trail and take a left at the next junction, following the path to its end at the same trailhead sign.

WTA Pro Tip: There is a grocery store about half a mile south of the trailhead if you need to grab a snack before you hit the trail. Afterwards, Jasmin Thai Food is a great place to eat lunch in downtown Stanwood.

Hike Description Written by
Ingrid Phillips, WTA Community

Elger Bay Preserve

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.1453, -122.4675 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From I-5, take exit 212 and turn left onto Highway 532. Follow this road through Stanwood and onto Camano Island. Keep on Highway 532 at the intersection past Terry’s Corner. 17 miles after you leave the freeway, turn left into the Elger Bay Elementary School parking lot. Parking is available here on weekends and in the summer.

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Puget Sound and Islands > Bellingham Area

Island County and Friends of Camano Island Parks

Guidebooks & Maps

Available at the Camano Island Chamber of Commerce tourist information center

the Welcome Center at Cama Beach State Park

and Elger Bay Grocery

and online

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