A visit to Yost Park in Edmonds.

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Where: Yost Memorial Park

Location: 9535 Bowdoin Way, Edmonds

Length: More than a mile of short trails, spread over 48 acres of city park.

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Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate, with some inclines, a few steep areas. The gravel path is uneven, a bit rocky, and the boardwalk is slick when wet.

Facilities: The popular outdoor swimming pool is open June through August. The park also features a children’s playground, a tennis court and a half court for basketball. Water fountains, one portable restroom and 50 parking spots.

Setting: Though the park abuts the backyards of many homes, the center of the park feels more like a mini wilderness of red alders. There are also pockets of Douglas fir and red cedars, plus big-leaf maples and Western hemlocks scattered throughout. Birds that have been spotted in the park: barred owls, pileated woodpeckers, Northern flickers, spotted towhees, Cooper’s hawks, black-capped chickadees, olive-sided flycatchers and winter wrens.

Yost park looks unremarkable from the parking lot, with the swimming pool obstructing the view. From the lot, there are no clear signs or kiosk map to guide you to the trails. Download the trail map on the park’s website. Most of the interconnecting trails are a quarter-mile or less, and it’s easy to find your way around.

Highlights: Yost Memorial Park is one of the few areas in Edmonds where much of the native vegetation remains, providing a glimpse of what this city looked like a century ago, with woods threaded by a winding creek, north of Caspers Street, that spills into Puget Sound.

Get oriented by skirting the pool by the basketball court and following the service road. You will see trail signs a few feet from the court and pool.

The best walk is Shell Creek Nature Trail, with pedestrian bridges and a 1,000-foot-boardwalk. You might see Pacific salamanders in the creek; in spring hear Pacific tree frogs sing around the wetlands, near the boardwalk. Mountain beavers have also been spotted.

Restrictions: Leash and scoop laws in effect. Leashed dogs allowed only on the inner trails. Open daily from dawn until dusk.

Directions: From Interstate 5, take Exit 177 and head west on Highway 104. Turn right on 100th Avenue West, which becomes Ninth Avenue South. Turn right on Walnut Street. The park entrance is on the left at the intersection of 96th Avenue West / Bowdoin Way.

For more information: 425-771-0230 or www.edmondswa.gov (search under “visit a park.”)

Tan Vinh: 206-515-5656 or tvinh@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @tanvinhseattle.