Hiking San Juan Island

Hiking on San Juan Island does not have to be hard work. Remember, you're on vacation. From leisurely coastline strolls to the slopes of Mount Young, there are trails to fit everyone and views at every turn.

The staff at Earthbox Inn & Spa is on hand with any directions or advice you might need to get you out and enjoying the best of San Juan Island.

In the meantime, here are a few hiking highlights to get you started:

American Camp

From Earthbox Inn & Spa it is a scenic 15-minute drive to the South end of the island. There you will find the golden prairie land expanse of Historic American camp. This is a must-see site for hikers and history lovers alike. Enjoy easy but breathtaking coastline trails and a clear view across to the Olympic Peninsula. When you've had your fill of sea air, head back to the Visitor Center to take advantage of the National Parks' display of historical objects.

South Beach

If beaches and picnic tables are on your wish list, look no farther than South Beach. Walk there from American Camp or drive south a further ten minutes to enjoy the largest beach expanse on San Juan Island. Take a kite, a beach ball, or just your camera and get ready to make some memories.

Mount Finlayson

Standing at 295 feet tall, Mount Finlayson is the perfect look out point for the island's south end. Popular with both locals and visitors, the high ridgeline trail offers a spectacular view of San Juan Island's coastline. With Vancouver Island on the horizon and the Olympic Mountains to the west, it is easy to feel like the world is at your feet.

Mount Young

Once you have absorbed the open expanses of the San Juan Island's south end, why not explore the evergreen and oak forests of the north. Mount Young is a perfect way to experience both the island's nature and history. On your way up to the sunny 650 foot high summit you will pass an 1860s British Marine Cemetery which dates back to the joint British and American military occupation. The last steep ascent is well worth the opportunity to sit on the rocks and drink in the spectacular view.

Lime Kiln Sate Park

One of the most distinctive landmarks on the island is the lighthouse at Lilm Kiln State Park. A jewel on island's famous Westside, this park offers winding forest trails and one of the best picnic spots on the island. Grab a table next to lighthouse and indulge in a bit of land-based whale watching. Yes, the Orca whales do come that close to the land. Feeling energetic? Hike north into the County's Limekiln Preserve or south along the shore to Deadman's bay.