Jul 262012

One of our first missions when visiting Orcas Island years ago was to discover the plethora of trails to hike here on the Island. Orcas is home to many, many incredible hiking trails including this waterfall hike located in Moran State Park that we are still talking about to this day.

We have heard about Turtleback Mountain for quite some time and today was the perfect day to go and experience it.  As we spotted the trail head, I also spied this sweet little self serve farm stand nearby.

Of course we had to stop :)

 ~ B analyzing the trail map

~ Peek-a-boo sweeping views greet you around every switchback

~ Eagle Feather (can you see it?)

The freshly harvested greens that were for sale were even decorated with blue borage flowers, which are edible.

As we hiked on I couldn’t help but think how wonderful it was to know that this beautiful place where we were, would stay like this forever thanks to the San Juan County Land Bank and the San Juan Preservation Trust.   Both of those special organizations have created security and peace of mind for everyone who lives on the Islands and beyond.  Peace of mind in knowing that future generations will be able to come here and enjoy Turtleback Mountain as much as we were enjoying it today.

Close up view of an island outside of  West Sound Marina.  I believe it is a private island as there is a house there.  But I could be wrong . . .

I couldn’t have said it better myself. The residents of the San Juan Islands do live in sweet abundance and how lucky they all are xoxo

I hope that if you ever come to visit Orcas Island you will take a nice hike on Turtleback Mountain. Here is a brochure/trail map for you if you would like.

A View of Turtleback Mountain on Google Maps (you may have to hit F5 if it reads an error, sorry about that)

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  5 Responses to “A Hike to Remember”

  1. Great photos! Thanks for the tip to hike Turtleback. We’ve been meaning to go tour all of Orcas rather than just a lunch at the Orcas Hotel.

    • Thank you :) It is one of our favorite hikes! You get spectacular views in no time (less than 1,000 feet up).

  2. Monica, I love each and every one of your posts!! The photos are amazing, the destinations are enchanting and your true to life words, so honest and real. Thank you over and over!! I love your new blog look, too!! Anna

  3. Your turn to satisfy my withdrawal symptoms, and very well done at that!

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