Turtleback Mountain, Orcas Island Washington

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Turtleback Mountain

The Turtleback Mountain trails are maintained by the San Juan Islands Preservation Trust. Hiking along the quiet forest paths is a joy. The long low Mountain offers many natural viewpoints out over the Island. Read More

  • Beautiful views out over Orcas and south all the way to the Olympics. 
  • The hiking trails wander through beautiful forests and meadows. 
  • Turtleback Mountain is protected and maintained by the San Juan Islands Preservation Trust.

What can I see and do at Turtleback Mountain?

The local community worked long and hard to protect the natural beauty of Turtleback Mountain. Now you can enjoy that beauty along the walking paths that have been established by the Preservation Trust. Grassy bluffs are dotted throughout the woods making perfect spots to pause and enjoy the views south over Lopez towards the Olympics.

Where is Turtleback Mountain?

Turtleback Mountain rises up from the wide farming valley that Orcas Road runs through. Turtleback Mountain has two main parking lots. From Eastsound, head south on Orcas Road to the intersection with Crow Valley Road. Keep south on Crow Valley Road. The entrance is a gravel road on your right, just past the schoolhouse.

When is Turtleback Mountain open?

The trails are open for daytime use all year long. The hike is pleasant all year long. In the summer you have wide blue sky and the green gold of the forest and grasses. During the winter the Mountain is often enclosed by low clouds, so you feel as if you are walking through the sky.