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Coho Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands
48.6229, -122.8330 Map & Directions
0.7 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
219 feet
Highest Point
261 feet
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  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers

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The preserve has a short trail that wanders through mature trees along a salmon spawning creek and offers access to this beautiful 24-acre park where visitors are likely to see a variety of bird species. Continue reading

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Hiking Coho Preserve

Coho Preserve is owned and managed by the San Juan County Land Bank, whose main priority is to protect this forest for its ecological significance. Cascade Creek, one of the last remaining salmon spawning creeks in Island County, runs through this property. Luckily for visitors, the preserve has a short trail that wanders through mature trees and offers access to this beautiful 24-acre park. Because of the pristine nature of this ecosystem, hikers may be able to spot a variety of bird species during their visit including American dippers, pileated woodpeckers and belted kingfishers.

From the parking area, walk parallel to Cascade Creek, where coho salmon, chum salmon and sea run cutthroat feed and spawn. The trail is gentle for the most part but does have some steep sections. Dogs are allowed on leash, just be sure to keep a wide berth from the stream to avoid erosion that could harm these fragile spawning grounds.

Coho Preserve

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.6229, -122.8330 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From the Orcas Island Ferry Terminal, go straight on Orcas Road for 8 miles, then turn right onto Main Street, which quickly becomes Crescent Beach Drive. After 1.3 miles, turn right onto Olga Road. After 6.5 miles, turn left onto Point Lawrence Road. After 0.1 mile on Point Lawrence Road, the parking area will be on the left. There is enough parking for five cars.

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Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands

San Juan County Land Bank , Coho Preserve

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