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Hike a magnificent hilltop that dominates Orcas Island

Do you want breathtaking vistas ?The hike up turret back mountain is simply breathtaking...be sure... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Orcas Island, Washington
Beautiful sunset hike; but tough!

We started at the south trail head with the goal of climbing to Ship Peak and then back down... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2018
Rochester, Michigan
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Reviewed yesterday

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
Thank 816tony
Reviewed 1 October 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
Thank nancys525
Reviewed 29 September 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
Thank David M
Reviewed 16 August 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
Thank Robert W
Reviewed 22 July 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
3  Thank NCTravelingGirl
Reviewed 20 July 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
Thank John S
Reviewed 14 July 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
Thank fizzy1991
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Views of the entire San Juans are fantastic on the hike from North to South. Especially the newest stretch to Orcas Knob (Turtlehead). Well worth the time!

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank TroySea
Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Lovely secluded walk with multiple routes and views. The hike gets your heart rate up but it is not a super difficult trail. I brought my hiking poles which made the steeper parts much easier. All the moss, trees and plants were beautiful.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Danimarie8731
Reviewed 13 February 2018

Looking for something "real" to do on Orcas Island? Park your car, or bike, in the Turtleback Mountain's small parking lot, and prepare for a wonderful hike up the mountain, or hill. It's NOT strenuous, but you can reach elevations that allow for horizon to...More

Date of experience: December 2017
3  Thank 1776-Raider
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