Shark Reef Sanctuary Trail

Lopez Island, Washington

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Take a short and sweet stroll through shoulder-high salal and stately timber to a shoreline teeming with marine life. One of the best spots on Lopez Island for seal watching, the Shark Reef Sanctuary also ranks supreme for observing birds. Easy to hike, breathtakingly scenic, and biologically diverse, Shark Reef makes for an excellent destination for nascent hikers and young’uns yearning for discovery. Originally a military post, then a Washington State Department of Natural Resources tract, the Shark Reef Sanctuary was nearly stripped of its mature timber in 1980. But island residents petitioned the state, arguing that the 39-acre parcel is more valuable as an outdoor laboratory than as a woodlot.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Take a short and sweet stroll through shoulder-high salal and stately timber to a shoreline teeming with marine life. One of the best spots on Lopez Island for seal watching, the Shark Reef Sanctuary also ranks supreme for observing birds. Easy to hike, breathtakingly scenic, and biologically diverse, Shark Reef makes for an excellent destination for nascent hikers and young’uns yearning for discovery.

Originally a military post, then a Washington State Department of Natural Resources tract, the Shark Reef Sanctuary was nearly stripped of its mature timber in 1980. But island residents petitioned the state, arguing that the 39-acre parcel is more valuable as an outdoor laboratory than as a woodlot.

©  Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lopez Island
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: 70 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 30 feet
Top Elevation: 100 feet
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: San Juan County Parks
Local Maps: USGS Richardson
Driving Directions: Directions to Shark Reef Sanctuary Trail

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Apr 2018