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Nice hike

We walked up the South trail, and looked over the Crow Valley just short of the overlook proper... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lake Stevens, Washington
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Explore both trailheads!

On a recent trip to Orcas Island we took two days to explore both the north and south trailheads... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Adrien S
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We walked up the South trail, and looked over the Crow Valley just short of the overlook proper. But we had an awesome view from where we were. There are a couple of benches at lower levels that look out over the water and the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On a recent trip to Orcas Island we took two days to explore both the north and south trailheads. Both were great. From the north trailhead, we took the North Trail to the North Valley Overlook, Waldron Overlook, and Turtlehead. All 3 overlooks offered great...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Adrien S
Reviewed March 19, 2019 via mobile

Amazing hiking on wide trails among trees, moss and ferns. Turtleback mountain has access from two trailheads with small parking areas. It’s not flat, but the scenery is beautiful and there is plenty of shade for the warmer days.

Date of experience: March 2019
2  Thank ChicoRanMan
Reviewed December 11, 2018

Do you want breathtaking vistas ?The hike up turret back mountain is simply breathtaking...be sure to bring your camera..the views west to the sunset or 360 degrees round give you the full picture of why we who live on Orcas love it.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank 816tony
Reviewed September 30, 2018

We started at the south trail head with the goal of climbing to Ship Peak and then back down around. Others said this would be an hour. The trails were not marked well so we are not 100% sure we actually made it to Ship...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank nancys525
Reviewed September 28, 2018

There are two entrances to this mountain preserve. The north entrance takes you to the top of turtle head. The distance is approximately 8 miles round trip. The views on the way up are mostly along forest trails. The view at the top is incredible....More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank David M
Reviewed August 15, 2018

After a continuous climb one is rewarded with a magnificent view of the San Juan Islands. Plan on climbing for about 1.6 miles and take water if it is a warm day.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Robert W
Reviewed July 21, 2018

I have to preface this by saying we arrived on Orcas Island after 10 days of hiking high mt trails in the Olympics and Cascades. Those hikes up snow-covered mts to high passes were so spectacular that it was simply hard for us to appreciate...More

Date of experience: July 2018
5  Thank NCTravelingGirl
Reviewed July 20, 2018

Highly enjoyable walk mostly in forest except for spectacular open views;lots of benches to enjoy the views;quite steep but still walkable in areas; only problem was signage quit on us as we attempted to return to parking by using a loop route rather than going...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank John S
Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

This is steep! And not for those who just walk the neighborhood at home. We didn’t make it very far before we had to turn around. Don’t be fooled those who don’t normally hike mountains, this is difficult!

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank fizzy1991
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