Hike Young Hill on National Trails Day
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, starting at 9:00am. National Historical Park Service staff and Island Rec Trails Committee volunteers 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, climbing through meadows laced with Garry oaks, as well as Maples and Firs, especially coming back down on the main trail past the cemetery. Wildflowers will be open still for everyone to enjoy as well 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 please leave dogs at home.
Happy Trails to you all, and we hope to see you on June 4th to celebrate with a walk together on this special day for honoring trails.
- Where: English Camp Parking lot – hike up Young Hill and back
- When: Saturday, June 4th from 9:00am – 11:30am
- Distance and difficulty: 2 miles – moderate but fairly steep at times
- No dogs please
- Children should be accompanied by a guardian or parent