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Address: Wild Rose Lane, Orcas Island, WA

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Second best views in the San Juan Islands!

This place is second only to Eagle Cliff, on Cypress Island, for incredible views of the archipelago. It is a nice walk, at any season.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Erik S
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San Juan Islands, Washington
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San Juan Islands, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is second only to Eagle Cliff, on Cypress Island, for incredible views of the archipelago. It is a nice walk, at any season.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Have hiked from the south trailhead and the north, both in February. Great for spotting eagles and for views of the other islands. Make sure you have waterproof hiking gear and rain gear if you go in the winter. Free parking and no Discover Pass required.

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Beaverton, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

We only did the South section from the trailhead up through the Lost Oak trail and back to Ships Peak and down. This was opposite of what most people did so we were pretty much alone the whole way. Gorgeous views to be had. We were out on a week day between 10-12 and had very people around until our... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Once placid and remote is all together too popular. Snotty people with off leash dogs that swiftly approach children. Lots of Yellow jackets. Steep eroded road you hike up from south.

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Thank Travel333333A
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15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

The hiking on turtleback mountain was easy to moderate difficulty and offered a variety of hikes and views of the surrounding islands and water. If you are looking for an easy hike, use the south parking, the trailhead leads you traversing through the woods until you meet a well groomed access road/wide trail. It's important at this junction to continue... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

I have done this hike twice and it does not disappoint. There are two approaches, the one from the east is a longer hike for the more ambitious...You walk up a road for much of the hike, and it is all just lovely with a view at the end that is beautiful!

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

We started from the north parking lot and took the left turn at the top loop. It's an easy hike up an old overgrown dirt road till you get to the top, then turns to a hiking path for a little way. This hike can be done with tennis shoes. Bikes and horses are allowed on alternate days, check the... More 

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Sacramento
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

Thanks to other reviewers we took the Waldron Overlook hike. I am in fair shape and found the uphill climb 'do-able'. It was worth it anyway. Stop along the way to see the other overlooks, especially the valley one. AHH! For the birdwatchers out there be prepared to see and hear a ton of birds! I do recommend you bring... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

Don't stop at the first lookout! Keep going! You can do it! The reward is worth every step/breath you will take to get there! The parking area has a clean outhouse for use if need be. We took our pup, and did see other dogs on the trail. There are several benches along the route to take a break on.... More 

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Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

I was lucky enough to be on Orcas on a clear day in April and we took in the sights and views and took lots of pictures on this hike. There are other trails off this trail so beware of those. The one we took to the top was an obvious trail, wide with excellent footing like an old dirt... More 

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