It was raining the first time I visited Hidden Cove Trail, and I was feeling cold and downright foul-tempered trying to find the elusive unmarked entry point to this trail. After wandering around the ball fields with my dogs and nearly giving up, I finally located the trail and walked into a Northwest wonderland of early spring blooming trillium, huckleberry, and skunk cabbage, along with moss-covered big-leaf maple, cedar, Indian plum, salal, sword fern, and lots more shade-loving plant life in this lovely and at times steep 2-mile trail system. This lesser-known trail meanders through woods backed by the upscale houses of the Hidden Cove neighborhood and is popular with locals. It heads toward the Fire Station near the corner of Highway 305 and Day Road and occasionally runs near Hidden Cove Road. After an hour of walking, I left with a smile and the certainty that I would be back again soon.
Trailhead: The main access point to the trail system is from the ball fields on the west side of Phelps Road. Turn off of Phelps at the Bainbridge Parks and Recreation sign and park in the lot. Follow the edge of the fields at the far right side until you find an unmarked trail to the right leading into the woods.
Featured photo by Sarah Lane. Trillium photo by Julie Hall.