Posted in NORTH WEST TREK by pedhakka on April 18, 2009


A perfect weather for a Saturday afternoon and we decided to finally go to NWTrek which was in our list of places to go for a long time now. We start from home after lunch and reached there an hour later around 2.00pm. The parking lot was filled with a decent number of cars telling us the spring has arrived and the people are out of winter hibernation. There is an entry ticket of $15 for this place and if you are an AAA member, you can avail a dollar or two from the full price.


The park is divided into two areas. One is for the herbivorous (prey animals) and the other one for carnivorous (prey animals). Surprisingly the fenced carnivorous animals should be visited by walk on a trail and the herbivorous using a tram. We decided to take the Tram first. Before we get on to the tram, the naturist, who is also the driver of the tram, explains about the history of the park with various animals living in the park and their habitat. James was his name and he was very informative and talkative too!! Even while on the tram he would never stop talking although most of them were informative stuff.


The first animal that we came across was a huge Bison. Bison are generally more than 3000 pounds and the one that we saw would easily be way more than that. It was HUGE. Also an interesting thing to note about the Bison is that it never raises its head like a cow. That is because its head is so heavy that the neck muscles cannot hold it high. A herd of Rams were sitting right across this Bison. All the animals were going through the phase when they shed all their hair, so most of the animals were looking a little weird. Bad luck with the pictures !! Looks like in a couple of weeks we can also see a lot of calves. These animals give birth during this season. After a mile in our drive, the driver pointed out to a tree that was looking like a dinosaur. The kids in the tram were so excited to see it. This park also holds a number of varieties of trees. Evergreen, Douglas were the most prominent of them. The Douglas trees are the second tallest trees in North America. Roosevelt elk, Black tail deer, Moose, cranes, ducks, Karrabuls and buffalos were some of the other animals in this section of the park. At one portion of the tour the tram actually drives on a road constructed 1000ft above sea level. You get a wonderful view from that road.



After almost an hour in the tram we headed to the other section of the park where all the wild animals are. It’s a neat trail of about 2 miles covering Brown bears, black bears, wolves, owls, Golden and Bald eagles. It was an enjoyable walk on a cool Saturday afternoon. This forest is almost 88 years old, donated by a doctor family who lived and died in this park. If you are in seattle you should try to visit this place on your way to Mt. Rainier.


11610 Trek Drive E Eatonville WA 98328

Park information number:360-832-6117

Park Site