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Salish Ponds (Winter)

Directions: Directions: Drive I-84 to the Fairview exit. Take a right at the signal and follow Fairview Parkway to Halsey Street. Take a left on Halsey and take a right onto Market Drive. Follow Market Drive to Village Street and take a right. Then take a left onto Park Lane where you will see Fairview City Park.

This trail is very easy to follow, is well maintained, and great for all ages. The whole trail is gravel and there are two ponds. You can go all the way around the main pond and part way around the smaller one.

      

This area has a decent amount of wildlife- you will see a lot of different birds (kingfishers, geese, mallards, coots, scrub jays, kinglets, etc.), nutria, and frogs.

      

There were a few people riding their bikes but it’s mainly other people walking and dogs.

      

The trail wraps around a Target store on a quiet trail and under an overpass. It continues on through a slightly marshy open area with large power poles before you reach the ponds. There isn’t anything too exciting with this trail, it’s best if you want a quick walk, have kids, or enjoy bird watching.

      

Distance: 2 miles (easy)

Elevation: Minimal (easy)

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes

Parking Fee: None

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes on nice weekends

Warnings: None

Salish Ponds (Autumn)

Directions: Drive I-84 to the Fairview exit. Take a right at the signal and follow Fairview Parkway to Halsey Street. Take a left on Halsey and take a right onto Market Drive. Follow Market Drive to Village Street and take a right. Then take a left onto Park Lane where you will see Fairview City Park.

This is a great option if you want to get out after work or just want to squeeze a quick walk in. It’s also great for people who love birds, like us.

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The hike starts at Fairview City Park. Follow the paved path to the trailhead (the covered bridge). Not far past the bridge the trail forks. One path leads to the ponds and the other takes you to an elementary school. Heading in the direction of the ponds you’ll wind through a marshy forest past the Fairview Target and under Fairview Parkway. Past the road you will go through a field lined with cattails, wild roses, and willow trees.

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After the field you’ll pass the outhouse and will have reached the ponds. Follow the path to the right and you’ll have an option to go over a bridge to the West pond, or follow the gravel path around the East pond. You can can only go half way around the West pond but it’s less crowded and has room for picnics, so it’s worth it. The path goes all the way around the East pond. There are docks and benches around the pond and plenty of ducks to be fed. Fishing is also allowed on the East Pond.

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Distance: 2.1 miles

Elevation: Minimal

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: No

Parking Fee: None

Seasons: All

Popular: No

Overall: Nice urban area to get some fresh air.