Cross Island Trail

Northern Puget Sound, Washington

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Cross Island Trail


  • The Cross Island Trail's north trailhead at Ivy Way.- Cross Island Trail
  • Sword ferns (Polystichum munitum).- Cross Island Trail
  • Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis).- Cross Island Trail
  • A downed fir tree on the trail.- Cross Island Trail
  • A leopard slug (Limax maximus) making its way along the trail.- Cross Island Trail
  • A trailside bench.- Cross Island Trail
  • Lupine.- Cross Island Trail
  • The northern section of the Cross Island Trail.- Cross Island Trail
  • The Cross Island Trail connects Cama Beach and Camano Island State Parks.- Cross Island Trail
  • A view out to the Puget Sound.- Cross Island Trail
  • Farmland scenery along the south portion of the trail.- Cross Island Trail
  • The Cross Island Trail has minimal elevation change.- Cross Island Trail
  • A fallen tree's exposed roots.- Cross Island Trail
  • The Camano Island State Park entrance trailhead.- Cross Island Trail
  • - Cross Island Trail
Overview + Weather
Old-growth forest. Wildflowers.
Road crossing.
Northern Puget Sound, WA
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
150.00 ft (45.72 m)
Parking Pass: 
Washington Discovery Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
4.60 mi (7.40 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
300.00 ft (91.44 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


The Cross Island Trail is a hiking and biking path that winds through the densely forested eastern portion of Cama Beach State Park, then continues south to meet the entrance of Camano Island State Park.  Nature’s many shades animate the peaceful walk, with Douglas fir, western hemlock, and deciduous bigleaf maple and red alder building the canopy high above, while sword fern, salal, Oregon grape, salmonberry, red elderberry, red huckleberry and Indian plum merge with native wetland plants to form the understory.

The Ivy Way Trailhead puts you in the best position to cover the whole trail without retracing any steps beyond your return travel.  Head into the shaded woods and trek a short distance to enter the state park boundary. The trail remains quite level, but there are resting benches for tired legs if need be. At 1.5 miles, a trail junction points out a short connector path leading to the Cama Beach State Park Loop Trails and entrance station.  Shortly after, you’ll hit a grassy service road at the Cranberry Lake Trailhead. Keep right and follow the road to the crossing of West Camano Drive, where you can pick up the trail again near the signs on the opposite side. The remaining mile travels mostly alongside Lowell Point Road. Some pretty farmland scenery becomes visible to the west, with views stretching beyond rickety barns and overgrown fields to the pale blues of Whidbey Island across the Saratoga Passage.

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