Watmough Bay, Chadwick Hill & Point Colville. Image courtesy of San Juan Land Bank Preserve.

Watmough Bay, Chadwick Hill & Point Colville

This hiking are is located at the southern end of Lopez Island, and comprises Watmough Bay Preserve (which is part of the San Juan Land Bank Preserve) and Chadwick Hill/Point Colville (which is part of the San Juan Islands National Monument.) These public lands protect over 400 acres and are cooperatively managed for trails and habitat preservation.

From the parking area, a short, shady walk leads to a small, lovely beach with views of Mount Baker framed by cliffs and forested hills. More trails encircle a freshwater marsh, wander along Point Colville to the south, and steeply ascend Chadwick Hill to the north. There is an outhouse and parking for eight vehicles.

Directions

From the Lopez ferry landing: Take Ferry Road heading south. At 2.2 miles, turn left onto Center Road. Continue to a T in the road at 7.7 miles and turn left onto Mud Bay Road. At 12.2 miles, turn right onto Aleck Bay Road. At 12.75 miles, continue straight onto Watmough Head Road. Turn left at 13.75 miles. Park at the end of the bumpy drive, 13.95 miles from start.

From Lopez Village: From the water tower at Village Park, go east on Lopez Road for .25 miles. Turn right onto Fisherman Bay Road. Turn left onto Hummel Lake Road at .30 miles. Turn right onto Center Road at 1.1 miles. Continue to a T in the road at 5.0 miles and turn left onto Mud Bay Road. At 9.4 miles, turn right onto Aleck Bay Road. At 9.9 miles, continue straight onto Watmough Head Road. Turn left at 11.0 miles. Park at the end of the bumpy drive, 11.1 miles from start.