Tell Dad to ‘Take a Hike’

Enjoy a picnic in the wildflowers and sunshine for Father’s Day, International Picnic Day, and the Summer Solstice this week. Photo: DNR

…A nature hike that is.

This Father’s Day, show Dad how much you appreciate him with a Discover Pass and treat him to a special trip to one of our recreation sites, and once… just this once… let him beat you up the trail!

 You and Dad can visit one of the treasured sites on DNR-managed state lands (below) for a day or just a couple of hours this weekend—and discover your favorite summer hang-out. Read on for great ideas to get Dad hiking…

Poo Poo Point, Tiger Mountain
The name of this trail alone is bound to make Dad laugh, but what it has to offer is anything but silly. Tiger Mountain offers hiking adventures for all activity levels. This wide trail lined with old forests and wildflowers opens up into a grassy mountainside where hang gliders and paragliders can be found launching throughout the summer. There is a picnic spot above the launch area where you can enjoy views of Issaquah Valley, Lake Sammamish, Bellevue, and on clear days, Mount Baker. For detailed directions, check out the Washington Trails Association’s page.

Hikers enjoy the view from Samish Overlook, the gateway to Oyster Dome Trail. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR
Hikers enjoy the view from Samish Overlook, the gateway to Oyster Dome Trail. Photo: Diana Lofflin, DNR

Oyster Dome, Blanchard Mountain
This scenic lookout is a bit of a hike from the Blanchard Upper Trailhead, but it’s well worth the walk. There are many treasures along this trail, and you can print our map before you go. Once you scramble up to the top, you are greeted with breathtaking view of the San Juan Islands, Fildalgo Island, Whidbey Island, Vancouver Island, the Olympics, the Skagit River flats, and the shining Samish Bay.

Fuzzy Top, Capitol State Forest
This amazing hidden trail contains Capitol State Forest’s finest stand of old trees… just like Dad. You can fill the hike with wisecracks asking your father where he was when these monolithic trees were still seedlings. Many Capitol Forest enthusiasts swear this easy hike is the best in the area. The trailhead may be a little difficult to find, but you can download an interactive map of Capitol State Forest to your smartphone and view some directions before you go.

Dishman Hills NRCA, Spokane
This 518-acre nature reserve just east of Spokane is the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic with Dad this father’s day. This area, that was dramatically sculpted by the great Glacial Lake Missoula floods, is guaranteed to wow Dad with over 50 species of butterflies. View some trails where you can enjoy wildlife, rare species of plants, and spectacular geological features.

Take Dad to Beverly Dunes for an ORV adventure! Photo: Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Beverly Dunes, Grant County
Does Dad need a little excitement in his life? Get the summer started at the Beverly Dunes ORV park. Riders of all ages can enjoy these dunes located near the town of Beverly on Lower Crab Creek. View DNR’s Recreation Guide for more details.

So whether it’s a butterfly-filled picnic, a hike to breathtaking views, or romping around in the sand dunes, make sure you grab your Discover Pass and head out with Dad to ‘take a hike’ this weekend!

Happy Father’s Day!

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