Turtleback Mountain Preserve: Ship Peak Loop

Enjoy some of the best views of San Juan islands from Ship Peak. It's a short but steep, 2.9-mile loop hike with 860 feet of elevation gain. There are several options for extending your trip and enjoying more of the Turtleback Mountain Preserve.

Getting there

Take the Washington State Ferry to Orcas Island.  Park at the south trailhead off of Deer Harbor Road at Turtleback Mountain Preserve.

On the trail

You can hike the lop in either direction.  Counterclockwise, follow the South Trail to the Morning Ridge Trail and the West Overlook. Continue on to the summit of Ship Peak. Take the left onto the Lost Oak Trail at its junction with Ridge rail and head back to the trailhead.


  • For a longer exploration of Turtleback Mountain Preserve hike from the south trailhead to the north trailhead.
  • There are many old roads and trails that are great for trail running and mountain biking.
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 2.9 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 860 ft
  • 931 ft
  • Land Manager: Land Manager TBD
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • USGS Eastsound

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