Young Hill Trail

Roche Harbor, Washington

Young Hill Trail

Young Hill Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A short, steep trail runs east from San Juan Island’s English Camp through second-growth forest and up Young Hill to afford the kids a spectacular view of bays and coves of its northwest end. The effort to reach it is well worthwhile. Along the way, look for a nineteenth-century cemetery for the seven British soldiers who died of natural causes during the Pig War.

A hundred feet from the top, find an interpretive display that names the sights you see below. Be certain to check the ferry schedule before you go, and remember that on sunny summer weekends, the wait for the ferry can be long. Reservations for camping on the island should be made well in advance for the best chance of getting a spot."

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thornhill, ON
Explorer | 51 pts
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This is a good hike even for a novice. The view from the top is superb and the ascent quite manageable. There is a large open area up top to enhance the vista. Don't miss the English cemetary half way up and then be sure to hike the very flat American camp on the other end of the island.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Craig Romano
"Big oaks, big views, and a historical cemetery await you on this hike to 650-foot (198-m) Young Hill. Wildflowers are dazzling in spring, and the sunsets from the summit are magnificent year-round."
Day Hiking: North Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
"Stroll along the placid bay waters surrounding Bell Point, or peer down at them from the grassy and ledgy slopes of Young Hill. Better yet, combine these fine hikes that lie within San Juan Island Nation-al Historical Park’s English Camp. Once a British Royal Marine garrison, the grounds are now peacefully administered by the National Park Service for resource protection and heritage preservation. The United States and Great Britain nearly went to war over this piece of land, but sane heads prevailed, leaving you to enjoy a beautiful corner of the San Juans permanently protected from assaults from the modern world. Cheers."

Trail Information

Roche Harbor
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
650 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Year round
100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
750 feet
Top Elevation
USGS Roche Harbor
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