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Orcas Island: Turtleback Mountain Preserve

San Juan Islands

Northern Puget Sound, Washington

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  • Turtleback Mountain Preserve.- Orcas Island: Turtleback Mountain Preserve
  • Turtleback Mountain Preserve Trailhead.- Orcas Island: Turtleback Mountain Preserve
  • Turtleback Mountain Preserve.- Orcas Island: Turtleback Mountain Preserve
  • Turtleback Mountain Preserve.- Orcas Island: Turtleback Mountain Preserve
  • Turtleback Mountain Preserve.- Orcas Island: Turtleback Mountain Preserve
  • The sun sets over Salt Spring Island and Galiano Island in B.C.- Orcas Island: Turtleback Mountain Preserve
  • A container ships awaits as darkness falls over B.C.- Orcas Island: Turtleback Mountain Preserve
  • Last light over Vancouver Island.- Orcas Island: Turtleback Mountain Preserve
  • The islands of B.C. in the glow of a warm sunset.- Orcas Island: Turtleback Mountain Preserve
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Pros: 
8 miles of trails. Views. Well-maintained preserve.
Cons: 
Limited amenities near the trailhead.
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Region:
Northern Puget Sound, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
830.00 ft (252.98 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
8.00 mi (12.87 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
170.00 ft (51.82 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The 1,718-acre Turtleback Mountain Preserve is one of the largest protected natural areas in San Juan County. The destination provides more than 8 miles of trails that can be used for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. To keep the trails from crowding and to protect the preserve, bikes are permitted on even calendar days only, while horses are permitted on odd calendar days. Pedestrians are permitted everyday.

On a clear day, the trails of Turtleback Mountain Preserve provide numerous panoramic views over the San Juan Islands and Salish Sea.

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