One last summer hike on Finn Hill

One last summer hike on Finn Hill

Big Finn Hill Park is a King County park located on Finn Hill.  It has 220 acres and 9.5 miles of trails to explore Douglas Fir, Madrona, Cedars, ferns and spotting deer, owls and owls. King County description:  This 220-acre park has a range park sign jpgof recreation options, as well as being a wooded urban oasis along Juanita Drive. To the east of the road, the park offers ballfields, a play area, a picnic shelter and natural surface trails; to the west of the road, trails loop through the forest. The trails are frequented by mountain bikers, dog walkers, and hikers. The trails at Big Finn Hill Park connect with trails at Saint Edwards State Park to the north. Steep climbs in the north and south combine with moderate rolling terrain on the ridge tops. Access: Park entrances are located at NE 138th St. from both Juanita Drive NE and 84th Ave NE. Two parking areas are available within the park area east of Juanita Drive NE. The only parking west of Juanita Drive NE is on-street parking.

King County trail map of Big Finn Hill Park
Washington Trails Association – Big Finn Hill Park

OO Denny Park

OO Denny Park

OO Denny Park

OO Denny park is a 46-acre shoreline and inland park that overlooks Lake Washington and the Olympic Mountains to the West and Mt. Rainier to the South. One of the Puget Sound’s most enchanting examples of natural woodlands, with some of the most remarkable vestiges of old-growth forest within the metro area of greater Seattle, this park at the northern edge of Kirkland is truly a hidden gem. Here you will find the remains of the largest fir tree in King County, dubbed “Sylvia,” which grew for 600 years to be some 255 feet tall, and 27 feet around, before a wild storm in 1993 blew off her top. You’ll also find many other large trees, including hemlock, cottonwood, and Western red cedar. Wildlife still abounds here. Keep a keen eye out for deer, listen for bands of yipping coyote and eerily screeching pileated woodpeckers. Bald eagles and barred owls train their young to fly from nests high in the forest canopy.  A loop trail takes you around a wooded canyon alongside Denny

Creek, where you can view a fish ladder built to train salmon back to the creek and connect with other regional parks. Located just off Juanita Drive on the west side of Finn Hill, O.O.Denny is a half-hour drive from Seattle and a 10-minute bike ride from the Burke Gilman Trail in Kenmore.  Denny Park Trail Guide

 

 

Juanita Heights Park

Juanita Heights Big Leaf Maple

Juanita Heights Big Leaf Maple

Juanita Heights Park is a diminutive park of about 6 acres destined to expand through the Goat Hill forested hillside. There is a 1/4 mile loop trail that starts a short distance at the bottom of the steep stairs.  The park entrance is in the 89th Pl NE cul de sac, 3 parking spaces are available. The water table is high in this park so you will see an abundance of old 2nd growth pacific cedars and pacific waterleaf native plants carpet the moist park floor.

 

Juanita Woodlands has no trails, however, volunteer work parties are scheduled in the park to remove invasives.

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