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San Juan Island: Young Hill

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Northern Puget Sound, Washington

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  • The trail begins in a thick forest.- San Juan Island: Young Hill
  • The trail soon opens up to a small meadow.- San Juan Island: Young Hill
  • The Royal Marine Cemetery is off a short spur trail.- San Juan Island: Young Hill
  • Headstones marking a few young marines that perished at English Camp.- San Juan Island: Young Hill
  • The trail then climbs and switches back through the forest.- San Juan Island: Young Hill
  • Moss covered limbs drape the trail.- San Juan Island: Young Hill
  • Madrona trees are numerous on the San Juan Islands.- San Juan Island: Young Hill
  • View of Haro Strait.- San Juan Island: Young Hill
  • View of Mitchell and Garrison Bays off a spur trail.- San Juan Island: Young Hill
  • View of Mitchell and Garrison Bays off a spur trail.- San Juan Island: Young Hill
  • Panorama from a viewpoint at the end of a short spur trail.- San Juan Island: Young Hill
  • View of Mitchell and Garrison Bays off a spur trail.- San Juan Island: Young Hill
  • View of Mitchell and Garrison Bays off a spur trail.- San Juan Island: Young Hill
  • A meadow occupies the southwest slope of Young Hill.- San Juan Island: Young Hill
  • The clearing at the top of Young Hill.- San Juan Island: Young Hill
  • View to the south from the top of Young Hill.- San Juan Island: Young Hill
  • Panorama view from the top of Young Hill.- San Juan Island: Young Hill
  • Hikers sit near a Madrona Tree on top of Young Hill.- San Juan Island: Young Hill
  • Thick, green forest along the trail.- San Juan Island: Young Hill
  • Thick, green forest along the trail.- San Juan Island: Young Hill
  • An alternate trailhead on West Valley Road allows trail access after the historic park has closed.- San Juan Island: Young Hill
  • The actual trailhead is down this trail toward English Camp.- San Juan Island: Young Hill
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Pros: 
Views. Historic. Solitude. Short.
Cons: 
Short.
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Region:
Northern Puget Sound, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
500.00 ft (152.40 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
150.00 ft (45.72 m)
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Young Hill, within English Camp of San Juan Island National Historical Park, provides a scenic overlook to the northwest area of San Juan Island, the Olympic Mountains to the south, as well as the islands of the Haro Strait, and all the way to Victoria Island, British Columbia. 

Though a mere 2 miles in length, there are a significant amount of informational plaques along the way. In the Royal Marine Cemetery, six headstones mark young British marines who perished at English Camp. There are also a few gnarled Garry oak trees, which are the only native oaks in the state of Washington.

The trail climbs from the cemetery, switching back a couple of times before opening up to a spur trail that leads to a viewpoint. Here, panoramic, elevated views delight the hiker. A plaque marks geographic features that can be seen from here. The trail then switches back two more times before reaching the top of Young Hill. Rocky and clear, allowing unobstructed views, this is a welcome place to sit and take it all in.

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