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Trams & Trails

Discovery Tram Tours
in the Free-Roaming Area.

Meet a moose. Be awed by bison. Eyeball an elk.

Our Discovery Tram Tour is a unique way to see wildlife, taking you through our Free-Roaming Area: 435 acres of stunning meadows and forests with herds of Roosevelt elk, moose, bighorn sheep, caribou and more.

A friendly naturalist narrates each 40-minute tour, and every season offers something new. ToursĀ are free with admission or membership.

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Animal Walking Tours
around the park.

Walk along a paved path through the forest and see large predators like bears, wolves, cougars, birds and other native forest animals, all living in natural habitats. Watch smaller forest and wetland creatures like beavers, otters and fisher swimming in their pools or keeping cozy in their dens.

The trail is wheelchair- and stroller-friendly. A limited number of wheelchairs and strollers are available for rent at the main office by the entrance.

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Keeper Chats
Meet the experts.

See animals up close and talk to an animal keeper about how that species lives in the wild, what it eats and more. It’s a perfect opportunity to get to know our animals and ask questions.

Keeper Chats happen daily at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm – check the board just inside the gate for what’s on!

Times are subject to change (and animal needs) from October through May.

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Cheney Discovery Center
A place to play.

Discover Washington’s wildlife here! Use puppets to imitate animal behavior, watch a snake slither, or touch a fur pelts (activities can vary). Meet Northwest Trek’s smaller residents: red-legged frog, gopher snake, Western toad, banana slug, newt and rubber boa.

Hands-on activities abound! Adults can help children discover the natural world at their own pace, with naturalists on hand to answer questions and offer take-home activities.

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E. H. Baker Cabin
Howl with the pack.

Step inside this cozy forest cabin to get an up-close look at our wolf pack and learn more about how you can do science every day.

Feel the softness of a real pelt, talk to our naturalist or climb into the tunnel to get nose-to-nose with a gray wolf! (Activities vary.)

The cabin is also a great place to warm up on a misty Northwest day.

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Nature Trails
Get out and explore.

Experience the beautiful Northwest forest scenery and get comfy with hiking on five miles of newly-enhanced paved and primitive trails, free with park admission.

Pick up a map at the ticket window, download it here or follow trail signs.

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Embark on a Quest
Hike and learn.

What’s a Northwest Trek Quest? It’s a fun learning adventure for all ages that uses clues and hints to help you discover the natural world around you. Choose from two Quests: one on the paved Half-Mile Loop and the other on the outer bears/canines/cats loop.

Pick up your Quest booklet at the beginning of the Half-Mile Loop or the Tram Tour Station.

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Story trail
Hike a forested story.

Watch pages of a story book come to life on the Story Trail! Signs along the .25-mile Reflection Loop unfold a nature book page by page. Go left on the paved Half-Mile Loop and take the second unpaved trail (Ohop Loop) on the left.

Stories change seasonally so hike often!

Fairy Trail
Take your imagination for a hike.

Tiny houses. Airy swings. Turn right at the fairy signpost, on the right-hand stretch of the paved Half-Mile Loop past the Zip Wild entrance, and keep watch for our “fairy houses” nestled under ferns and on tree trunks.

They’re all tiny, so look down – and be patient! You’ll be rewarded by a totally different view of the forest.

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