Craft Island. Credit: Bryony Angell
Imagine an expansive beach appearing like a mirage; you’ve just experienced the discovery of the beach at Craft Island. On a recent visit, as my family ascended the ridge of the namesake island, my kids squealed at the sight of the sandy plain and scrambled down the trail to kick off shoes and build sand castles.
Craft Island is growing in popularity and the beach is no longer deserted on warm, sunny weekends. The flat terrain and 2-mile round trip means it’s an easy hike for all ages, and families sometimes bring chairs and picnic provisions to stay for the day. Despite this, you can still find space on the beach and feel like you have it to yourself.
Find it: The trail head starts at the end of Rawlins Road on Fir Island. Park along the side of the road. No access pass needed. Plan to wear shoes that can get muddy, as the trail has standing water on all but the driest days. The closest restroom and provisions are available at nearby Snow Goose Produce.
Pro tip: This location is a popular spot for duck hunters in the winter, so pay attention to dates and plan to hike outside hunting season.