This .5-mile, rough, and often muddy trail meanders steeply through a pretty wooded ravine of towering cedar, Douglas fir, and infinite sword fern along a seasonal creek that empties into Puget Sound. Numerous charming wooden footbridges cross the creek along the way, making it a great place to play “troll.” In our family the troll of the bridge asks a question or riddle the others must answer in order to cross. The trail has three access points and can be used as a corridor between Battle Point Park and a public access mudflat beach overlooking Agate Pass Bridge, which can be reached down a staircase of roots and rough-hewn stone steps. The ravine is home to old remnants of the Billy Taft tree, once the region’s largest fir tree and former home to an osprey nest that blew down in a severe storm around 2006.
Trailhead: The official marked trailhead is just north of Battle Point Park on the north side of Frey Road. Parking is available in a large parking lot on the north side of Battle Point Park. The trail can also be accessed from an unmarked path at the corner of Venice Loop and Kirk Avenue, as well as from the beach at the bottom of the trail over a rough rock staircase recently built by the Park District.
Top photo by Sarah Lane; bottom photo by Julie Hall.