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beautiful hike! pretty steep the last mile and a half but the view is unbelievable! sure you can drive to the look out but if you enjoy hiking I highly recommend it!

Did the Lost Oak trail to the hitching post at Center Trail and back to parking lot. It was a bit tough for me & my 7-yo, but the views, trees, and lovely solitude helped her to prevail and made it worthwhile. R/t was 2h,45m with a lot of stops. The spouse & teen made easy work of it. Wish we could've done the entire loop, but for the time we had, it was great!

Beautiful hike. Old growth forest with moss covered logs, ferns and paths softened by pine needles. The switchbacks make the climb to the top interesting and manageable. My husband and I are in our early 60s, once-a-week hikers, and did fine. I recommend following the trail clockwise to avoid hard climbs at the end.

1 month ago

We enjoyed the woods and seeing the deer! The moss around the base of the trees all around the water was beautiful. My wife and I loved the trail!

Great trails for seeing the natural beauty of the island. Everyone we met on the way was very friendly and helpful along the way. Would recommend these trails to anyone.

Worth every step. Did it the first time soon after the reserve was created and several times since.

My wife and I hiked this trail last week and loved it. The beginning of the hike was more of an uphill climb than we had expected but was not difficult because it followed a seldom-used road. The two lookouts along the way were well worth the short detour. The second half of the trip was much better. It snaked through the woods on a much narrower, but well-maintained trail. We had expected the trail to head directly up to Orcas Knob but instead we found ourselves hiking down for quite a ways before heading up close to the end of the trail. The view from Orcas Knob was gorgeous and, with few people up at the top it was very peaceful.
The signage was a bit confusing. At the point where the road changes into a hiking-only trail the sign says, "Turtlehead Overlook 1.1 mi."(see photo) We expected a sign that said "Orcas Knob." so weren't sure we were going the right direction. Once we reached the end of the trail we found the sign identifying the overlook as "Orcas Knob."

Hard AF but worth it

Nice, pet friendly trail suitable for families; very navigable! Our eight-year-old only grumbled going up the trail to West Overlook, which is about 2:1 for almost .3 of a mile. Had I looked at the elevation change more carefully, I would have gone north on the Lost Oak Trail and made our way down to West Overlook. Absolutely spectacular views of Deer Harbor, Massacre Bay, and West Sound. We did the south trail loop, taking plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and snap lots of photos. The 3.1 miles and all our stops took us 2 hours 9 minutes with a total moving of 1 hour and 40 minutes. Of course for my son, the best part of this hike was coming across a little snake.

Perfect! Great easy trail with fantastic views. I recommend taking the trail from South Trail head up Morning Ridge up to Ship Point back down and then back down via lost Oak Trail.

This was a nice island hike. A few good views and a nice walk along Mountain Lake at the end. Roads go to the top of the mountain that you work so hard to get to, with the associated crowds.

Great hike with a bit challenging ascent. Beautiful trees and warm lake!

This place is beautiful!!! If you’re visiting Lopez island you must go here. We took amazing pictures. The “hike” there took us like 15-20 minutes with our 2 year old.

We started at Mountain Lake going towards Little Summit. The hike up to Little Summit is a series of steep switchbacks. Definitely detour to Little Summit for some beautiful views. The hike from Little Summit to Mt. Constitution was less steep, and there were some nice views along Mountain Lake. The view at the top of Mt. Constitution is stunning, and there’s a neat tower with historical information. The hike back to the Mountain Lake parking was easy, and we stopped by Twin Lakes for a relaxing, quiet break. The last bit of the hike was along the shore of Mountain Lake with beautiful views of the mountains all around. Overall, the trail was well-maintained and well-marked. There were a few downed trees we had to climb over on the way to Little Summit, but nothing huge.

Great hike with amazing scenery. One of the many great places in the San Juan’s!

We parked at Little Summit and hiked to the top of Mt. Constitution and back - about 4.5 miles and a 400 ft. elevation gain. Easy to moderate hike with the most amazing views of Mt. Baker, the San Juan Islands, and Mountain Lake. Little Summit is the perfect spot to end the hike with a picnic lunch.

Went for a "speed hike" up and trail run down at 7:15 am. It took an hour. I had the whole trail to myself. I went up from South Trailhead, detoured on Morning Ridge Trail, took in view for 5-10 minutes at Ship's Peak, then returned via Old Oak Loop. Fantastic views southward over all of San Juans. Great view of Eastsound and Orcas from Ship's Peak.

Great hike! Definitely recommend hiking clockwise (start at Mountain Lake on Little Summit trail). It climbs right away and you’ll work hard BUT you hit Little Summit in 1.2 miles and it makes it all SO worth it. Be sure to go the extra .3 miles and back to see the Little Summit view. And the hardest climbing is then done and you can enjoy the next 2.4 miles with some pretty easy climbing and lots of incredible ridge views. Then on the way back you’ll have a steep descent for about 1.5 miles and then visits to Summit Lake and Twin Lakes. Last mile is a super easy hike along Mountain Lake (part of Mtn Lake loop). Our favorite hike on Orcas!

This is more of a nature walk than a hike. But the view of the Olympic Peninsula was wonderful!

Beautiful beach! No one else was there when we visited so it was very peaceful. Short walk but worth the trip.

mountain biking
5 months ago

One of the best trips of my life was when my little brother and I took our bicycles to the island and road around for three days, camping along the ocean.

6 months ago

Great, easy loop hike! Park at Jakle’s Lagoon trailhead. Grab a reusable trail guide in the box next to map. Gorgeous views! Sound on the right for most of hike - part of trail through very pretty forest. A few trails off main trail lead to quiet lagoons. A couple easy and quick switchbacks and mild to moderate climbs.

i was looking for a relatively quick hike that my daughter and I could do while my other daughter had a pedicure with her grandmother. This was a great pick. The right up says 5.9 miles but the signs on the trail suggest 5.2 or so. As shown it does not go to the summit of Turtleback Mountain but rather the Orcas Knobb overlook on Turtlehead. i did not realize this at first so I was a bit confused. However given our time, this was a great hike and I really enjoyed the views from Orcas Head. The hike is relatively easy with some steep parts on the road section but nothing too hard. My daughter who dislikes ascents with a passion didnt even whine too much.

Challenging trail but worth it! Easier to do counterclockwise for the beginning hiker.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Great hike! Stunning views of Mount Baker and the many islands of the San Juans. We decided to go clockwise on the trail toward Little Summit to not have to hike the steep incline portion. Unfortunately, we didn’t have hiking poles, but we found a lot of great sticks along the trail to help with the steep descent. Very windy at the top so I recommend a wind breaker and layers to stay warm. Parts of the hike allow mountain bikers so be prepared for them. We saw three biking downhill today.

I clocked 1,713 elevation gain and 7.2 miles roundtrip. Have fun and enjoy the spectacular views!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Not much of a hike more of a walk but beautiful views and some of the clearest waters I’ve ever seen in Washington

Sunday, October 01, 2017

I am going to be honest here. Don't hike the trail. Drive your car all the way to the top of Mt. Constitution, bring a lunch, sit there, enjoy and take in the spectacular view for an hour or two. That's what I did (hiked so much during the week, muscles were too sore). Seriously one of the most spectacular views you will see. You can walk up to the tower and learn about how it was built. Then sit some more and take in the mountain view.

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