Vendovi Island

Vendovi Island, Washington

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Vendovi Island was named in 1841 by Commander Wilkes for an imprisoned Fijian chief who killed and cannibalized a whaling crew. It was once one of the largest privately owned undeveloped islands in the San Juans. Thanks to the San Juan Preservation Trust’s purchase of the island in 2012, for half of its appraised value, Vendovi will remain undeveloped— and open to the public. Hike across the island through lush woods to a grassy bluff that bursts with dazzling wild?ower blossoms. Walk along a midden beach that sparkles in the evening light. And watch pigeon guillemots nesting in North Cove. Vendovi is a magical and ecologically important island.
Day Hiking the San Juans and Gulf Islands

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Day Hiking the San Juans and Gulf Islands

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Vendovi Island was named in 1841 by Commander Wilkes for an imprisoned Fijian chief who killed and cannibalized a whaling crew. It was once one of the largest privately owned undeveloped islands in the San Juans. Thanks to the San Juan Preservation Trust’s purchase of the island in 2012, for half of its appraised value, Vendovi will remain undeveloped— and open to the public.

Hike across the island through lush woods to a grassy bluff that bursts with dazzling wild?ower blossoms. Walk along a midden beach that sparkles in the evening light. And watch pigeon guillemots nesting in North Cove. Vendovi is a magical and ecologically important island.

© 2014 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding, Hiking
Nearby City: Vendovi Island
Distance: 3.2
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Best Times: Open 10:00 AM–6:00 PM, May–Sept.
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: San Juan Preservation Trust, Vendovi Island Preserve
Local Maps: USGS Anacortes North, preservation trust map online
Topo Map: Vendovi Island Topographic Map
Guide Book: Day Hiking the San Juans and Gulf Islands Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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