Al Emerson Nature Trail

Northern Puget Sound, Washington

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Al Emerson Nature Trail


  • The Al Emerson trailhead.- Al Emerson Nature Trail
  • A trailside fir tree.- Al Emerson Nature Trail
  • Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) bark.- Al Emerson Nature Trail
  • Western yew (Taxus brevifolia).- Al Emerson Nature Trail
  • A Grand fir (Abies grandis) and Holly tree (Llex aquifolium).- Al Emerson Nature Trail
  • The roots of a fallen fir tree.- Al Emerson Nature Trail
  • A bench near the halfway point.- Al Emerson Nature Trail
  • Red huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium) growing from a stump.- Al Emerson Nature Trail
  • Sword fern (Polystichum munitum).- Al Emerson Nature Trail
  • More open forest.- Al Emerson Nature Trail
  • - Al Emerson Nature Trail
Overview + Weather
Old-growth forest. Variety of flora.
Lack of interpretive literature on the signs.
Northern Puget Sound, WA
Pets allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
Washington Discovery Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
0.50 mi (0.80 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
255.00 ft (77.72 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


The Al Emerson Nature Trail forms a small 0.5-mile loop within the larger Camano Island State Park Loop Trails. This level interpretive path gets special attention due to the outstanding efforts of one man whose desire it was to share the magnificence of the area’s old-growth forests. In 1953, Al Emerson became the first official ranger of Camano Island State Park, where he spent his career contributing to the prosperity of the land. The trail was made a reality during the decade before his retirement in 1973, when Al worked to nearly single-handedly shape its footprint.

Only a few steps into the forest, the daylight dims under a thick canopy of giant grand and Douglas fir. Several posts display photographs and signal at the variety of flora along the path. A bench near the halfway point is a good place to extend your outing and take in the fresh air. Look around for red huckleberry here during the summer months. The last section winds through a more open wood with fields of sword ferns that stretch out of sight.

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