Posted on December 28, 2009
I apologize for my absence in bloging. My dads death has taken and emotional toll on me, but the good news it that he raised 4 fine sons and a grumpy but ever responsible daughter, and we will carry on his legacy of putting in a good days work.
Larrabee State Park; The Larrabee Family donated the original park land in 1915 was the first Washington State Park, and still one of the largest in the State. It is 2,000 acres large. I was privileged to be part of the purchase of the most recent addition of the park some 97 acres of prime beach ( Clayton Beach) and 100 year old forest. ( over 150 foot tall evergreens). This park is one of the most beautiful parks in Washington. Clayton Beach is a sand beach ( very rare most Puget sound beaches are pebble) The Chuckanut sandstone cliffs near the Camping area and Ampha Theater are unusual in that the interaction with the salt waves, form intricate geomorphic features, some looking like sculptures of kings throne, others mushrooms and even others animal figures. there are sea caverns and pocket beaches. There are 10 miles of official trails and as many unofficial trails. I would rank this park with Big Sur in Beauty. Fragrance Lake and the trail to it are exquisite. Lost Lake is better fishing than Fragrance Lake and a farther hike. The Campsites are exceptional. Wild life would include Deer, Bobcat, Cougar, Bear, Skunks, Minks, Salmon, Trout, Dungeness Crab, Oysters, Clams, Eagles, Seahawks and hundreds of other species. The lookouts are Panoramic overseeing 173 San Juan Islands Chuckanut Bay, Samish Bay, and the snow caped Olympic Mountains.
I hope that this info is enough to wet your appetite . For this treasure of a park, has a lifetime of experiences for the consistent visitor or camper.