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Carkeek Park Monday, October 29, 2007

Kim Sinclair walks along the beach Oct. 27 at Carkeek Park in northwest Seattle.

Carkeek Park is a mid-sized hiking park in northwest Seattle overlooking Puget Sound. Most of the park is forested with trails. Walking through the woods, you'd never know you were in a major metropolis. There is also an Environmental Learning Center and, across a walkway over the main rail line from Seattle to Vancouver (B.C.), a small gravelly beach.

The beach is really the delta of Pipers Creek, which runs through the park. According to the official website, "years of hard work by neighbors and volunteers have brought salmon back to Pipers Creek," but we didn't see any.