A group of volunteers met at the North Trailhead of the Turtleback Preserve on Orcas Island at 9:30am for a final workparty to complete the new trail to the Turtle's Head. The trail was made possible by a recent acquisition by the San Juan Preservation Trust. Earlier this spring WTA volunteers had begun the work and then the WCC and others had stepped in. We met the last WCC group coming out as we were going in. The Land Bank truck transported the group and tools 1.6mi.up to the Waldron Overlook where the new trail takes off and winds another 1.6mi. to the overlook on the Turtle's Head. The group broke for lunch up on the Head and enjoyed one of the most spectacular views in the San Juans. In the afternoon we worked our way back to the truck. The trail is now unofficially open and in great shape. Overall rt distance from the North Trailhead gate is about 6½mi. Trail climbs to a little over 1000' elv. at the Waldron Overlook then drops down across the Turtle's Neck and back up to a little over 1000' at the Head.
link to article and more photos and link to maps etc.
Map of the Turtleback Preserve with driving directions. (does not include the new trail yet)