WTA and Skagit Land Trust collaborated to create this new trail to the top of Guemes Mountain on Guemes Island. The 1.2 -mile trail leads to an incredible viewpoint overlooking nearby islands and ocean straits, the Skagit River delta, and the volcanoes and jagged spires of the North Cascades.
The Guemes Mountain Conservation Area was protected by an unprecedented partnership between Skagit Land Trust, San Juan Preservation Trust, and the residents of Guemes Island. Guemes Mountain is the highest point on Guemes Island and features stunning views of the San Juan Islands, Mount Baker, the North Cascades, and the Skagit flats.
The mountain features a unique prairie habitat with a wide variety of flowering flora, small areas of wetlands and maturing forest. The 70-acre Guemes Mountain Conservation Area is at the center of a larger 534-acre area of protected private and public lands. The protection of Guemes Mountain has ensured that this scenic location is maintained in a natural state for the public to enjoy.
The hike begins on a trail easement, then winds through forest before connecting to Skagit Land Trust property. It climbs gradually through the woods to the top of Guemes Mountain.
In late spring you are treated to wild roses and dozens of other little blooms along the rocky top. On a clear summer day you can see not only the surrounding islands but all the way to Canada's peaks. And in the fall you will be treated to autumn colors that speckle the lands below.
Do note that this is a day hiking site only. Camping, fires, motorized vehicles, bikes and horses are not allowed.