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.