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Useless Bay Park and Tidelands

Part of our spring seaside trails series.

The islands are wonderful in springtime.  With higher elevations still shrouded in snow the low land coastal and seaside hikes are a great warm up for a summer on the trials.  Having more of the trails to yourself is another benefit of hiking the seaside in the spring.  Not to mention shorter ferry wait times than in mid-summer.  So what are you waiting for?  If the clouds part it is sure to be spectacular, if not the islands offer an unmatched peacefulness even in blustery weather.  The trails await.

Useless Bay Park and Tidelands

The Double Bluff Park features a rest room and outdoor shower.  Something you may need to wash the sand and saltwater off after exploring the Useless Bay Park and Tidelines.

With views of Seattle skyscrapers in the distance Useless Bay features tidelands popular for clamming and shallow tide pools below high sandy bluffs.  Walk southwest from the parking lot along the beach that wraps around below the sandy bluffs follow the blue heron’s lead and take a close look in the tide pools for tiny creatures.  The far bluffs at 2 miles make a good turnaround point on this out and back beach hike.


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