Kukutali Preserve (Kiket Island). Credit: Bryony Angell
Kukutali Preserve (Kiket Island)
Kukutali Preserve is a hidden gem managed jointly by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and Washington State Parks — and it’s unlike any other hike nearby. Its variety of habitats within a contained area include old-growth forest, beach, wetland and lowland meadow. All this along with surrounding water views make for a spectacular (and quiet) walk in any weather.
We ambled the flat, wide forest loop trail to the far end of the island during low tide (plan your trip to not get stranded on the island at high tide), and found an additional beach, tide pools and meadows to explore, along with a shelter and picnic tables for lingering.
Find it: The entrance and parking lot for the preserve are located along Snee Oosh Road. You’ll need a Discover Pass to park, and it’s human foot traffic only — no dogs, horses or bikes are allowed; be sure to read the visitor guide. There’s a portable toilet at the parking lot. Nearby La Conner has many food and retail options, including Seaport Books specializing in books about the Pacific Northwest.
Next stop: Washington Park