Last week, we went out to Meadowdale Beach Park near Edmonds. The park itself is nestled in a housing subdivision, which you can bet I’ll be checking out when it comes time to look for a permanent home. From the parking area, which I imagine gets pretty full on weekends and holidays, it’s a short mile to 1.5 mile hike down to the beach. For me, it’s the best of both worlds and exactly why I moved to Washington. You get to hike through a wooded ravine filled with maple trees, red alder, Douglas firs and even a Sitka spruce before reaching the beach.You’ll also pass a creek along the way, Lund Creek, apparently home to chum salmon in the autumn.
For those familiar with Edmonds, you’ll know that the railway tracks hug the coastline. So, to get to the beach, you have to cross through a small tunnel that runs under the tracks. Once you pass through the tunnel, you’ll end up on a wide sandy beach with views of Whidbey Island and Kingston. When we went, the beach was surprisingly deserted. Not to sound corny, but it’s the perfect place to go for a picnic, watch the ducks ride the gentle surf (when we were there there were goslings!) and maybe, if you’re lucky, see a seal sunning itself or even spot a pod of orcas. Hey, you never know! If you like strolling the beach, there’s also plenty of beach to walk. We didn’t go that far. The sand gives way to a pebbly beach, and at some point you’ll probably have to jump the creek, so it can be a bit of a challenge, especially when you already have that uphill mile hike back to your car.
Another thing we didn’t get to experience is the thrill of a train going by. You don’t get to pretend you’re far from civilization when that thing goes by! On the other hand, we stayed on the beach for at least a couple of hours and didn’t have any issues with trains going by, so it’s not like they go by all the time. If you’re really feeling froggy, take an inflatable kayak with you on your hike down, and float on the water for a while. Just remember to a)check to see what the surf is like and b)don’t tire yourself out because that hike back is a pain in the okole.
Meadowdale Beach Park
15433 75th Pl W, Edmonds, WA