Shark Reef Sanctuary Trail

Lopez Island, Washington 98261

Shark Reef Sanctuary Trail

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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."

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Trail Information

Lopez Island
Nearby City
70 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
30 feet
Trailhead Elevation
100 feet
Top Elevation
San Juan County Parks
Local Contacts
USGS Richardson
Local Maps

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Jul 2018