Big Finn Hill Park is the lesser-known cousin to the adjoining Saint Edwards State Park in Kirkland. Its expansive 220 acres are worth exploring and getting to know for their miles of meandering trails fit for mountain biking and casual strolling. Chock-full of tall Douglas-firs, ferns and bright green mosses, it offers possibilities to spot eagles, deer and owls.
Start by carefully crossing Juanita Dr. and heading west. When you see the sign for the park entrance on 72nd Ave NE, go south and wander the many winding trails through the forest first. Along the way, you’ll see numbered wooden markers at the trail junctions. They don’t follow any particular path—and the map doesn’t show every trail—so pay attention to your progress to help find your way back. If you get turned around and lose your whereabouts, just head for the sound of the road.
In addition to being a great location for dog walkers and families with kiddos, the park has some moderate elevation in a few spots that makes it attractive to mountain bikers. Be alert for bikers along the trail and move to the side to let them pass.