Levi T. on Mount Finlayson Trail
Closet thing to an alpine hike in Victoria.
Recently took the ferry to Friday Harbor. I'd suggest parking and walking on then pay 15.00 for a day bus pass on the Isle. No car needed to see it all. Save exploring Friday Harbor for the end of the day. The bus took me to Roche Harbor first. Walk to the mausoleum from here. it's not an overly thrilling hike, but the reward at the end is worth it. Take the next shuttle to English Camp and do some more hiking. When i was there, there was an active osprey nest you could watch. From there take the next shuttle to lime kiln park. This is where you watch the orcas from land. the trail hugs the coast and there is a great little lighthouse for pictures. The bus takes you back to Friday Harbor where you can walk the town and harbor with time to eat before catching the ferry back to the mainland. excellent day trip if you manage your time right.
09/20/2014 (Saturday) - We've been coming to Roche Harbor for years but have always rushed off to catch the ferry and missed checking this trail out. It's very easy and very short so just about anyone could do it. This is a perfect hike for small children. There are a series of abandoned rock quarries here with trails weaving around them. It's interesting to see how nature has reclaimed the land. The trees have grown up so much that the view points aren't that great, but it's worth the hike if you have a few minutes to spare.
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There's a board in front of the light house that details when the latest whale sightings occurred. I haven't been able to spot any. Yet.... I'll be back! And now the details about the "trail." It's a paved path for the most part, and there are lots and lots of whale gazers sitting about and blocking every angle. It's a pretty view of the Strait, but I'm not going to be too kind because I didn't get to see THE ONE THING I came here to see: whales!
Great trail! From the parking lot, walk down to the encampment and walk across the encampment (to the right) and begin the trail closest to the water. Beautiful forest adjacent to the water and plenty of Stellar Sea Eagles. Had the trail to ourselves!
Great trail! Encompasses grassy rolling plains with ocean views with plenty of photo ops of both Bald and Stellar Sea Eagles as well as incredibly dense and luscious evergreen forest. We started out on the Mt. Finlayson Trail along the cliffs and approximately 1.5 miles took the 0.4 mile connector path over to the 1.5 mile Lagoon Trail to return to the parking area. Trail is well marked.
The is an incredible trail we had to our selfs. This island has trails that will make your head spin with their beauty. Family of four visiting from Philadelphia for a week of jammed hiking here and at Olympic National Park, this was certainly one of many highlights!
We stop at this park every time we are in the San Juans. We've been lucky each time to see the resident orca pod up close. It made me want to start kayaking as the couple out that day were an arms reach from the pod. Amazing. We saw leopard seals too.
Beautiful hike with a lot of history. Makes a great "date" hike, especially if you stay at Roche Harbor! Or you could camp, (not at this park though)-- it just costs so much to ride the ferry to get to the island, you really should stay awile. For pics and story go to http://kellbell-whywouldanyonereadthis.blogspot.com/2013/03/romance-on-san-juan-island.html