The Trails of Cypress Island Professional Review and Guide
"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."