Turtlehead — It’s one shell of a view from this Turtleback Mountain summit

Quick Facts: Location: Orcas Island, San Juan Islands Land Agency: San Juan County Land Bank Roundtrip: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1295 feet Contact: San Juan County Land Bank Notes: Dogs permitted on leash; trail (partial) open to bikes (even days) and horses (odd days) Access: Take Washington State Ferry from Anacortes to Orcas Island. Then head […]

Heart Lake– A perfect destination for a St. Valentine’s Day hike

Quick Facts: Location: Fidalgo Island Land Agency: Anacortes Parks Department Roundtrip: 3.0 miles Green Trails Map: Deception Pass/Anacortes Community Forest Lands No. 41S Elevation gain: 160 feet Contact: City of Anacortes Parks and Recreation; Friends of the Forest   Notes: Dogs must be leashed; some trails open to bicycles, horses. Access: From Exit 230 on […]

Sugarloaf — Savor Sweet Salish Sea Views

Quick Facts: Location: Anacortes, Fidalgo Island Land Agency: Anacortes Community Forest Lands Roundtrip: 2.5 miles Elevation gain: 650 feet Green Trails Map: Deception Pass Anacortes Community Forest Lands – 41S Contact: Anacortes Parks and Recreation   Notes: dogs permitted on leash; some trails open to bicycles, horses. Access: From Exit 230 on I-5 in Burlington, […]

Mount Wells– Victoria area summit gushes with flowers and views

Quick Facts: Location: Victoria—Langford, BC Land Agency: Capital Regional District Parks Roundtrip: 2.0 miles/ 3.2 km Elevation gain: 865 feet/ 264 m Maps: CRDP site Contact: Capital Regional District Parks Notes: dogs permitted on leash; please stay on trail to protect rare plants Access: From Victoria, follow Trans-Canada Highway 10.5 for miles (17 km) exiting […]