PIONEER PARK TRAIL
The trail is only 1 mile, but it has plenty to offer. Park near the amphitheater and start by hiking over the town’s famous Rainbow Bridge to Fidalgo Island, being careful to stay on the sidewalk to avoid Pioneer Parkway traffic. Pose for a few selfies with La Conner and the Swinomish Channel as your backdrop, then return to the park and pick up the trail on the north side of the parkway.
This is where you’ll find the meat of the trail. Still short, but you climb near the high point of the park and get the opportunity to take in the views from two lookouts. But the views aren’t quite as impressive as those from the bridge.
When the trail deposits you on Sherman Street, make the short walk on the road’s shoulder toward the water. Pick up the trail again before the boat ramp and follow it back, under the orange bridge, to the amphitheater.
Then head back out to take more pictures of tulips.
Craig Hill, email@example.com