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Pictures of Fay Bainbridge State Park, Bainbridge Island

June 2nd, 2005 · 4 Comments

With the temperature high and the tide low, the girls and I headed over to Fay Bainbridge State Park on May 25. The weather was wonderful for taking photographs.

As Robert Scoble mentioned, we might try to organize a camping trip after Gnomedex at the park. While staying overnight at Fay Bainbridge wouldn’t be as intense and rugged as camping near Mount Baker, for example, the proximity to downtown Seattle (35 minute ferry ride plus 10- 15 minutes of driving on the island) might allow more people to participate. As these pictures attest, the park has its own adventures and attractions. On a clear day, Cascade mountains and Seattle skyscrapers can be seen.

Parking is $5 a day. Camping is first-come first-serve, no reservations, costing $16 – $22 a night. There are sites along the parking lot which is beside the beach, and other tent sites farther from the water in a meadow/woods area. The park offers showers, running water, bbqs and eating areas plus a playground.

For tips see The Happy Camper from the May 29 Seattle Times

On a sunny day, Mount Rainier is visible, looming large across the Sound.

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Life at low tide

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Sea anemone

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The view from the water at low tide, looking up the beach towards the forest. The orange dot by the log is our bucket.

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Somehow playing with this picture, I lost the color and saved it as black and white.

The beach has a large number of driftwood logs between the ocean and the woods.

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Views of the campsites.

A Park volunteer told me that there are other tent campsites up the hill in the woods/meadow area

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A last few photos of the view from the beach. In this one the northern Cascades can be seen.

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Mount Rainier seen over the grasses.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Elizabeth Grigg // Jun 3, 2005 at 10:54 am

    What day, or is it every day after the event?

  • 2 Brian Kennemer // Jun 3, 2005 at 8:55 pm

    Check this one out!

    About 5 miles from SeaTac Airport. Very close. Hell you could catch a cab from there to the airport and stay at the tide pools until 2 hours before your flight left!

    I used to go to this place as a kid and it was awesome. a stream runs through it there are tide pools and even some trails.


  • 3 Tom Larkin // Jun 3, 2005 at 9:55 pm

    Blake Island is a great camping spot. You get there by boat from downtown (pier 55). If you want, you can watch a native dance show and eat cedar-plank-cooked salmon in the evening.


  • 4 joey gerdin // Oct 20, 2005 at 1:32 am

    I was searching for scandinavian crystal on ebay and found a few items with an anemone pattern. As I was doing research on the items I ran across your site. Your photos are fantastic. Thanks, Joey

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