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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!

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."

walking
1 month ago

Pet-friendly and an easy enough walk for even the most avid couch potato. From the car park off Mount Constitution Road, it's a leisurely 10-minute walk to Cascade Falls. We took the upper trail first, which has a pretty good down grade in certain areas then took the lower trail that runs along the creek on the return trip stopping at Rustic Falls as well. There are four falls on this loop trail, but we only had time to catch two. There are wood steps leading to the lower falls. Once you get to the lower falls area, there is a small foot bridge to cross the creek. Beautiful spot for photographs. There are no barriers preventing you from going right up to the falls, and if it's a hot day, from cooling off. The creek itself isn't very deep...mostly ankle to mid-calf. At the time we went, there were a number of tree trunks that had fallen across the small ravine allowing us to sit and enjoy the quiet serenity of the 12-foot waterfall. This trail connects to the Cascade Lake trail and the trail to Mount Pickett.

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.

Great for kids!

hiking
3 months ago

A perfect 30 min hike with an infant

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Love it. We boat to Sucia and dedicate a half day from fossil bay and back. Great views and lovely gravel beach. We love kayaking the little bay and it has mooring buoys for a more secluded spot than echo bay.

Clearly marked trails. Quick reward with a waterfall accessed easily.

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.

hiking
7 months ago

Super easy and enjoyable hike. Multiple booming waterfall along the way.

hiking
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Sweet trail, you will not be disappointed! Around every corner is a new treasure of a view! Not a long or technical trail but an enjoyable experience of Gods creation! Put this on your bucket list

Friday, July 07, 2017

great hike added this and sunrise rock and cascade lake loop. fun day

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Beautiful. Nice views.

walking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Great trail 4 falls!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Absolutely beautiful, could stay here all day. Quick walk to the falls from the road. Several different trail to venture on if you wanted to hike.

paddle sports
Thursday, January 12, 2017

If you don't have this on your bucket list of sea kayaking destinations, your missing out.

paddle sports
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Exploring the islands around Orcas Island during an adventure this past Labor Day weekend. Can't wait to return.

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

We started at the south parking lot, then followed South Trail to Morning Ridge Trail to the West Overlook. Beautiful views both there and at Ship Peak. Most hikers then followed Lost Oak Trail back to the parking lot for a moderate hike. We saw many older hikers, young parents with babies in backpacks, and people with dogs on this part of the trial. We were interested in the view from the 1519 foot summit so headed up Ridge Trail, which kicked our butts. We traveled up the east side of Raven Ridge Trail and were disappointed that, not only was the summit unmarked, but there was no view from there. There was a lot of steep downhill coming down the western paths, and not nearly the views that the east side offered. Our route was over 7 miles and took about 3 hours. Pretty challenging but views were worth it!

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Steep early on with a decent amount of traffic. Thinned out considerably after a half mile or so. Vistas become more and more beautiful the higher you go.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

This loop trail goes around the perimeter of the island. It's pretty rocky and there are a lot of ups and downs, but it's well maintained. Beautiful views of the water and sea life.

hiking
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Amazing hike on Turtleback Mtn. Coming from the east coast, we don't have views like this. We went up Morning Ridge Trail, past the West Overlook, up to Ship Peak, and around and down Lost Oak Trail. There is a decent sized parking lot, we got there mid-day, mid-week so there was a spot for us, but it was pretty full. I saw all ages hiking, some with dogs. It's not difficult terrain but there are some stretches of a steep incline and so it seems best if you are in decent shape with regular activity. It was a really beautiful hike. I loved all the moss and dense woods on Lost Oak Trail and the views up Morning Ridge were stunning. It took just about 2 hours, with a lot of stopping for photos.

The address we used to get to the South trailhead was 89 Wildrose Ln, Eastsound, WA 98245

hiking
Monday, September 14, 2015

09/10/2015 - This is a quick, enjoyable hike that you can do in less than an hour. We started at 6:30 pm to time it for sunset at the top. The sun goes down right over Vancouver Island. It's a beautiful scene. We took the South Trail counter-clockwise to the Morning Ridge Trail and the West Overlook. This opens up beautiful views to the east and Mount Constitution, Eastsound and Westsound Marina. Continuing up the Ship Peak for sunset, then back by headlamp via Lost Oak Trail. Reversing that route would have been a much harder hike. More on my blog: http://cairnguru.com/trailreports/2015/9/13/turtleback-mountain

More on my hiking blog at cairnguru.com

hiking
Sunday, September 06, 2015

Started about 8:30 AM and hiked for about 2 1/2 hrs. I just couldn't believe the views. Trail was soft and cushy. Dense woods to a wide jeep trail. Don't be in a rush on this hike, take a snack and relish in the views. Heading back tomorrow weather permitting to check out the Raven Ridge trail.

hiking
Monday, April 14, 2014

Beautiful moderate hike with stunning views of all of the islands, AND the magnificent farmland down in the middle of Orcas Island. What a treat! Entered South Entrance, took Lost Oak Trail & curved back down by Shipwreck Point. Had our 2.5 and 4 year old with us, so took 2 hours 45 min, but would obviously be way faster for others. Several view points, dry, clearly marked divisions, several benches, great birding & some wildflowers made this a great local trail. The farmland views were my favorite!

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