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Day Hike - Grand Forest-Fairy Dell Trail

This was my first hike as a leader for the Singles Activities Committee. It was partly sunny with a nice breeze, the trail conditions were excellent and it was low tide when we hiked down to the beach on the Fairy Dell Trail.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Our carpool left the 6th Avenue Park & Ride at 7:45 am and we arrived at Battleground State Park at 8:45 am.  The trail was dry and  the only hazard was horse manure on the trail. 

There were eight of us on this trip.  One cancelled due to a family emergency.  The three Seattle area hikers carpooled and caught the Seattle-Bainbridge Island Ferry.  The four Tacoma area hikers carpooled from the Narrows Park and Ride.  The Bremerton area hiker met us at Battle Point Park. Everyone showed up by 9 am and we completed the hike at 3:15 pm.  

Three of the participants had recently joined the Mountaineers.   I was concerned because one of the hikers was sore so I made the decision to drive to the parking lot opposite the Fairy Dell Trail.  Total mileage was 7.2 instead of 7.5 miles.  

It was a low tide so we were able to walk on the beach.  One unusual sight was a large, intact egg on the beach.  It may of washed down from a nest near the high tide mark.   Fortunately one of the hikers was from that area and identified many of the landmarks we had questions about.