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Frazer Homestead Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands
48.4649, -123.0243 Map & Directions
Length
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
80 feet
Highest Point
210 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
Blue skies and green grasses at Frazer Homestead Preserve. Photo by Jessica Wynne. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

The walk to Frazer Homestead Preserve is mellow and straightforward, an easy hike through forests and small meadows. Here, you can spot old homesteads along the hillsides, including the site of the infamous pig fatality that started the otherwise bloodless Pig War. Continue reading

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Hiking Frazer Homestead Preserve

The walk to Frazer Homestead Preserve is mellow and straightforward, an easy hike through forests and small meadows. Here, you can spot old homesteads along the hillsides, including the site of the infamous pig fatality that started the otherwise bloodless Pig War.

Depart the American Camp visitor’s center via the American Camp trail, located just north of the parking lot and small picnic area. Deer and small animals frequent the meadow here, and the grassy trail winds gently towards Cattle Point Road. After a quarter-mile, carefully cross the paved road, and resume the trail in young forest, boardwalks keeping you above mud and delicate areas.

A half-mile later, the trail wanders out of the forest and enters Frazer Homestead Preserve. Turn right before the road and follow the graveled trail along the fenceline for another half-mile. Dense brush housing chatty birds, wild dewberries, and dragonflies are your companions for the rest of the walk. Notice a taller fenced area within the pasture, designating the Island Marble conservation area, where rare butterflies are given a safe habitat. Most of the preserve is leased for agricultural use through the San Juan County Land Bank, and you can spot old homesteads perched beyond the pastures.

While American Trail continues all the way to Friday Harbor, Frazer Homestead Preserve ends when you reach Rosler Road. This makes a good turnaround point.

Hike Description Written by
Jessica Wynne, WTA Correspondent

Frazer Homestead Preserve

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.4649, -123.0243 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

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

Take the Washington State ferry from Anacortes to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island (round-trip reservations strongly recommended). Upon exiting ferry, take a right onto Front Street. Shortly after, follow the arrow left onto Spring Street. Drive 0.5 mile through town, then turn left onto Mullis Street. Follow Mullis Street/Cattle Point Road for 5.1 miles. Turn right onto American Camp Access West, at the “Visitor Information” sign. Follow a short paved road for 0.2 miles to the American Camp Visitor’s Center. There is room for about 10 vehicles. Bike rack, restrooms, picnic tables, trash bins, and map available at the Visitor's Center area.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands

American Camp Trail (#)

San Juan Island National Historical Park and San Juan County Land Bank, Frazer Homestead Preserve

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: The San Juans & Gulf Islands: National Parks / Anacortes / Victoria by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers)

Square One Maps

San Juan Islands

G6

Frazer Homestead Preserve

San Juan County Land website (sjclandbank.org)

National Park Service map from visitors center at American Camp

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