24 Trails Off the Beaten Path
Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism launches a new publication to suggest alternatives to popular, well-loved trails, Field Guide, 24 Trails off the Beaten Path. In partnership with Sound Water Stewards, Island County Public Works, Whidbey Camano Land Trust and other local partners, the publication is intended to take on the go, measuring 4.5 inches wide, 6.75 inches tall. It details 24 trails along wooded hideaways, pastoral vistas and rugged beaches.
“Many of the popular recreation areas on the islands are being over-loved, impacting the trails, beaches and the user experience,” notes Ryan Elting, Executive Director of the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. “This book gives you some great alternatives to explore somewhere new. Treat them well and talk to other trail users about good practices that leave-no-trace, including picking up after pets.”
Available beginning June 29, at visitor centers throughout Whidbey and Camano Islands, each of the 24 trails, are also detailed on the website whidbeycamanoislands.com/24trails. “Two Minute Trailer” videos offer a virtual tour of each location with helpful tips regarding stroller and wheelchair accessibility, parking, dog friendly spots and other amenities.
Solitude and Sanctuary
“It’s been wonderful to see so many locals and visitors finding respite in the vistas, beaches and wooded trails of the islands,” notes Sherrye Wyatt, film liaison, PR and marketing manager for Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism. “We’re all seeking solitude and sanctuary in the outdoors, yet wanting to respect the sensitive environment of the islands – here are 24 ways to do just that.”
Find different types of experiences, ranging from English Boom on Camano Island, a classic beach walk for sunset strolls, to a new view into the open meadows and agricultural roots of the island, like the Beachview Farm Trail in Oak Harbor. For a complete list of visitor centers carrying the guide, visit www.whidbeycamanoislands.com.