The San Juan Island Trails Committee was created in 1999 by the San Juan Island Park & Recreation District (Island Rec). We are currently a sub-committee of Island Rec, which has been our primary source of financial resources and support since our inception. We have recently simplified our name to San Juan Island Trails (SJI Trails). Members of SJI Trails are volunteers who facilitate discussion and cooperation with public officials and private citizens who share our goals. We also assist with trail building, maintenance, and stewardship.
Island residents and visitors alike are encouraged to use our website to find maps of public trails on San Juan Island, Washington that can be enjoyed for walking, hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Just click on the Trails tab above to access these trail maps. Other features of our website provide useful information about our committee and our island.
SJI Trails does not own any land or trails. Instead, we collaborate with our existing and potential new trail partners to help maintain existing trails and to encourage new trail development. Without the support of public agencies and private landowners the residents of and visitors to San Juan Island would not have access to the extensive network of trails. We wish to thank the National Park Service, Washington State Parks, San Juan County Land Bank, Island Rec, the Port of Friday Harbor, the owners of Roche Harbor Resort and the Roche Harbor Highlands area, and various other public and private landowners.
In 2006, assisted by a grant from the National Park Service, SJI Trails wrote a Trails Plan (pdf file) outlining what we hope to accomplish in 2007-2012. Copies of this plan are also available at the San Juan Island Library. Under this plan, we continue to work to create island trails, of all types, including those that connect existing trails and places of interest on our island. Our #1 trail priority under development is a 6-mile trail on the east side of Cattle Point Rd. which will eventually connect the Town of Friday Harbor with the visitors center at American Camp. It is currently possible to walk the length of this trail, although in some places walking is along the side of the road. Look for trailheads on West Spring Street on airport property and at American Camp next to the visitors center.
You are welcome to join in this effort!
There are various ways to get involved with SJI Trails and its work.
Perhaps the best way to get involved is to check out our maps and take a hike on beautiful San Juan Island!
Keeping up with our activities on this website is a another. Activities such as hikes, work parties, and social outings are always open to all comers. You might also want to attend a SJI Trails monthly meeting to learn more about what is happening and to contribute your ideas to our efforts. We meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in the community meeting room of Heritage Bank, formerly Whidbey Island Bank, in Friday Harbor located at the corner of Mullis St. and Market St. next door to the Marketplace grocery store. Enter at the back.
Members are linked via e-mail and new members are always welcome. We frequently host hikes, work parties, and other events between monthly meetings. Send us your e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be on our email distribution list for purposes of receiving advance notice of these events, minutes of our monthly meetings, and other trail information. If you have specific trail interests or ways in which you would like to help or participate, send us an e-mail at the same email address.
(We are subject to public disclosure requirements per RCW 42.56. That means we must provide our mailing list to anyone who asks for it and we have no control over what use they make of it)
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