Island LivingLocals Only February 16, 2018

Dog Days in Paradise

“A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk.”  -Orlando Aloysius Battista

If you own a dog you are likely wondering about where to take a walk in the San Juan Islands.

There are many parks in the San Juan Islands, which means there are walking trails galore.  We live close to American Camp on the southeast end of San Juan Island.  American Camp is part of the San Juan Island National Historic Park, which includes both American Camp and English Camp, which is located on the northeast side of the island.  There are many hiking trails, open prairie, wooded paths, beach walks, and interesting historic military buildings at both Camps.  Our dog, Mocha, has a preference for the hike up Mt. Finlayson at American Camp since there are many smells and intriguing encounters with other 4 legged friends while we love the panoramic mountain and water views visible along the entire trail.

Add to that are numerous State and County parks, located throughout the county, with the most notable being Moran State Park on Orcas and Lime Kiln State Park (the Orca Whale Park) on San Juan Island.  Here’s a link to some Hiking Maps that will help you find the many hiking trails in the San Juans.  And if you are a boater, don’t miss the many State Marine Parks that provide quiet anchorage and special opportunities to enjoy the natural wonders of the Salish Sea.

So just go for a hike, enjoy the day, and rest assured, your dog (and you) will be happy you did.