Roche Harbor is a scenic harbor on the shore of San Juan Island in San Juan County, Washington. The area is home to its own trail system, the Roche Harbor Trails, and they're operated and maintained by Roche Harbor Resort. Each month, hundreds of people (and their dogs!) visit this pet-friendly area to explore its trails that extend for more than nine miles.
You can access the Roche Harbor Trails from several different places in Roche Harbor Village, including the Westcott Bay Sculpture Park (where there are restrooms during certain months of the year), Rouleau Road, or Roche Road. The trail areas with the most traffic are paved, so visitors can easily push a stroller or wheelchair along them. You'll also find that most sections of the trail are six feet wide and well-groomed.
One of the best features of this trail is that it connects most of the popular points of interest with one another so you can easily explore them all without a vehicle. The path will take you to the Roche Harbor Mausoleum, the San Juan Island Sculpture Park and Nature Preserve, the lime kiln in Roche Harbor Village, the village's formal gardens, and much more.
In addition to the many points of interest on the trail, there are all sorts of plants and wildlife you'll spot along the way. It isn't uncommon to see deer, raccoons, foxes, and other animals. You can also explore forests with Douglas fir, willow, berry vines, and other spectacular plants. If you aren't hiking all 9.1 miles of the trail system, the 1.9-mile Forest Glen Loop is the best trail for visitors who want to explore the forests and wetlands. For a quicker hike with similar surroundings, opt for the Wetlands Loop, an easy 0.8-mile adventure.Sparky must be on a leash throughout your hike, and you'll want to bring water and waste bags for the trip as well. The two of you are sure to have a pawesome adventure on this lovely trail system!