Cattle Point - San Juan Island

Friday Harbor, Washington

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A short walk out to the scenic south tip of San Juan Island at Cattle Point. As one of the driest places in the San Juans, the area provides a unique mix of habitats that draws several species of butterflies to the host plants here. Goldfinches also nest here later in the summer season when thistle and Queen Anne’s lace go to seed, and it’s not uncommon to spot eagles. Encompassing Cattle Point itself is the Cattle Point Natural Resources Conservation Area, where you’ll find a short 0.2-mile trail out to the Cattle Point Lighthouse, built in 1935. The area is managed by the state’s Department of Natural Resources to protect its sensitive resources and to provide low-impact public use. As one of the driest places in the San Juans, the area provides a unique mix of habitats that draws several species of butterflies to the host plants here.
San Juan Islands: A Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors

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San Juan Islands: A Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors

by Dave Wortmand (Falcon Guides)

A short walk out to the scenic south tip of San Juan Island at Cattle Point. As one of the driest places in the San Juans, the area provides a unique mix of habitats that draws several species of butterflies to the host plants here. Goldfinches also nest here later in the summer season when thistle and Queen Anne’s lace go to seed, and it’s not uncommon to spot eagles.

Encompassing Cattle Point itself is the Cattle Point Natural Resources Conservation Area, where you’ll find a short 0.2-mile trail out to the Cattle Point Lighthouse, built in 1935. The area is managed by the state’s Department of Natural Resources to protect its sensitive resources and to provide low-impact public use. As one of the driest places in the San Juans, the area provides a unique mix of habitats that draws several species of butterflies to the host plants here.

© 2005 Dave Wortmand/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Friday Harbor
Distance: 0.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Approximately 30 minutes
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Cattle Point Natural Resources Conservation Area
Driving Directions: Directions to Cattle Point - San Juan Island

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