Hazel Wolf Wetlands Preserve

Click here to view Hazel Wolf Wetlands Preserve trail map

Hazel Wolf Wetlands Preserve is a nature preserve owned by the Cascade Land Conservancy.  The Preserve is open to the public from dawn to dusk for the quiet enjoyment of nature.  Only foot and equestrian traffic is allowed and dogs must be kept on a short leash on the main trail.  Currently, no dogs are allowed on Ann’s Walking Trail.

This 116-acre wetland and forest habitat is key to a network of protected habitats stretching from the Issaquah Alps to Lake Sammamish.  Several trails lace through Hazel Wolf and take you past a large beaver dam, across a wooden bridge and onto a wetland viewing platform.

To read more about Hazel Wolf and how she made a difference for birds, nature and people in the Pacific Northwest, click here.


To get there:  Hazel Wolf Wetlands can be accessed from the Windsor Greens neighborhood.  There is a small parking lot on 248th SE, just north of SE 14th.  From Sammamish City Hall, head south to SE 24th. Turn left on SE 24th and continue to 248th SE. Turn left. Continue approximately one mile to the small parking lot. You can also access the Hazel Wolf Wetlands Preserve through the Beaver Lake Preserve, but, if you do, be sure to leave your dog at home. There are no dogs allowed on Ann’s Walking Path.  Click here for directions to the Beaver Lake Preserve parking lot.







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7 Responses to Hazel Wolf Wetlands Preserve

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  3. Kacy says:

    The map was a great help to get some idea of how far along the trail I was. Found this site looking for hikes along the Beaver Lake Preserve and was super glad I did! I visited this afternoon and spotted a pair of river otters in the wetlands, which was a wonderful surprise treat!

  4. How wonderful – and fitting – to learn that a wetlands preserve has been created and named in Hazel’s honour! I knew and very much admired Hazel, through our mutual involvement in the Sound & Straits Coalition. One of my favorite memories of her was the night that she and I both stayed at my parents’ home, in Victoria, when we were there as part of a press conference the next day. She and my dad had both grown up in Victoria and although there was about a decade between them, they recalled many of the same people, places and events from their youth. It was tremendous fun listening to them excitedly sharing and trading stories from sixty years before!

  5. James W Smith says:

    I had looked through the book “Take a Walk : 110 Walks Within 30 minutes of Seattle and Greater Puget Sound” by Sue Muller Hacking and found the Hazel Wolf Wetlands Preserve. I had not heard of it before, and visited it on a beautiful Sunday; it is a wonderful gift to the region. I look forward to going again.
    The descriptions offered in the book of the Preserve were very apt.

  6. Mardie says:

    Thanks so much for this site and the Hazel Wolf map. I’ve been hearing about it and had no idea how to get there. This is very helpful.

  7. Rena says:

    Walking the trails in Hazel Wolf Wetlands Preserve is a pleasure any time but my favorite is in summer when I can smell the sun-warmed resin in the fir trees. My favorite is Ann’s Trail, partly because it’s primitive and the trees are close enough to hug, but mostly because it’s named for a wonderful friend of mine who worked hard to establish the Preserve. Although narrow and rough in spots, Ann’s Trail is navigable by young children and, for years, little ones in our family have enjoyed many PB&J sandwiches sitting on a log by the trail.

    This is a wildlife preserve which means it’s intended for the protection of wild animals. You can spot many species of birds here, particularly water birds, and, if you’re quiet and lucky, you might even spy a beaver, the architect responsible for maintaining the water level. Coyote, black bear and an occasional bobcat pass through and deer, raccoons, squirrels and chipmunk are common.

    So, “Who is Hazel Wolf?” you might wonder. Although Canadian born, she spent the majority of her long life–she died in 2000 just short of her 102nd birthday–in the U.S., primarily Washington. She was an environmental and social activist and an altogether inspirational person. My favorite Hazel story is that, on retiring as a legal secretary at nearly age 67, she walked out of the law office in Seattle in her ski clothes with snowshoes in hand. She went straight to the bus depot and left for Eastern Washington where she met up with a friend and they camped around the country for weeks. How can you help but love such a spirit! Nationally known, she was awarded the National Audubon Society’s Medal of Excellence, an honor she shared with Rachel Carson (and Jimmy Carter). You will see her picture on the main trail kiosk taken on the day the Preserve was dedicated in honor of her 100th birthday.

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