The Trails of Cypress Island

Cypress Island, Washington

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Over 20 miles of trails to spectacular cliff tops and quiet coves, past ponds and wetlands, and among beautiful forests. Cypress Island, while not considered by some to be part of the main San Juan Islands group, is nonetheless a very worthwhile destination for any hiker looking to explore one of the wildest islands in the region. Unlike San Juan, Orcas, or Lopez Island, Cypress is a look back into the past, before the islands were forever changed by the wave of development. Cypress escaped heavy development due to its difficult access, rugged terrain, and poor soils for farming. Today only about 10 percent of the 5,500-acre island is developed, the rest being owned and managed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources as a natural-area preserve, or as a natural-resources conservation area to protect resources and provide for low-impact recreation.
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)

Over 20 miles of trails to spectacular cliff tops and quiet coves, past ponds and wetlands, and among beautiful forests. Cypress Island, while not considered by some to be part of the main San Juan Islands group, is nonetheless a very worthwhile destination for any hiker looking to explore one of the wildest islands in the region. Unlike San Juan, Orcas, or Lopez Island, Cypress is a look back into the past, before the islands were forever changed by the wave of development.

Cypress escaped heavy development due to its difficult access, rugged terrain, and poor soils for farming. Today only about 10 percent of the 5,500-acre island is developed, the rest being owned and managed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources as a natural-area preserve, or as a natural-resources conservation area to protect resources and provide for low-impact recreation.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cypress Island
Distance: 20
Trail Type: Several options
Duration: Day hikes
Season: Best spring through fall
Driving Directions: Directions to The Trails of Cypress Island

Recent Trail Reviews

3/22/2009
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Cypress is by far my favorite of the San Juan Islands that I have visited. The climb up to the northern end of the island on the Eagle Cliff trail leads to one of the most scenic overlooks available with nearly 300 degrees of views overlooking the surrounding islands. The maps posted on the island itself are very helpful and informative. For instance, they point out that Bradberry Lake, the higher of the two swimable lakes on the south side of the island, has less vegetation at the peak of the summer. My wife and I wouldn't have pressed on without that knowledge and we really would have missed out. It's a very peaceful spot--and not too buggy for swimming.



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