Southern slope of Young Hill

June 4th is National Trails Day, a Saturday to celebrate being outdoors on a trail. The American Hiking Society started this annual celebration to honor the many ways trails connect Americans to the land and to each other.

Whether one is on foot, on a bicycle, on horseback, or in a kayak or canoe, June 4th is the day to commemorate our unique heritage of preserving natural areas and beautiful parks and the plants and animals living in them.

Residents and visitors of San Juan Island are invited to celebrate with a hike up Young Hill at English Camp on Saturday, June 4th at 9:00 a.m. National Park Service staff and volunteers from the Trails Committee of Island Rec will lead a walk up the newest trail to the top at 650 ft. elevation.

The two mile hike up the south side of Young Hill is fairly steep in places while it climbs through meadows laced with Garry Oaks as well as Maples and Firs, especially coming back down on the main trail past the cemetery. Wild flowers will be open still for everyone to enjoy as well as the frequent raptors and circling vultures.

Meet at the parking lot at English Camp and try to ride share if possible. Children will enjoy this hike with its grand views westward from the top, but no dogs please.

Happy Trails to you all, and we hope to see you on June 4th to celebrate with a walk together on this day for honoring trails.

  • Where: English Camp Parking lot – hike up Young Hill and back
  • When: Saturday, June 4th from 9:00 – 11:30 am Trails Nat Trails Dy 2016 announcement
  • Distance and difficulty: 2 miles — moderate but fairly steep at times

No dogs please Children should be accompanied by a guardian or parent

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