NPS unveils plans for expanded horseback riding trails

Winter time horseback riding enthusiasts cross the puncheon on the riding trail on San Juan Island
Winter time horseback riding enthusiasts cross the puncheon on the riding trail on San Juan Island's Mitchell Hill.
— image credit: Courtesy of NPS

You can learn about and comment on plans for expanded horseback riding in San Juan Island National Historical Park Wednesday, Feb. 13 at a public meeting at the library, beginning at 7:15 p.m.

In response to requests for increased access, National Parks studied trails at English and American camps. Result: some new areas will be added to those already viewed as appropriate for riding, according to Superintendent Lee Taylor.

“I believe there are trails in the park that are well suited to horse use, and that we can allow horses on those trails without causing damage to park resources or degrading the park experience for other visitors,” Taylor said.

She will present information of the park’s analysis and findings on various trails:, including, the back Side of Young Hill, English Camp Service Road, Sandwith Orchard to Mitchell Hill Connector Trail, and others.

Anyone riding a horse in the park, including Mitchell Hill, is required to have a permit, which are free of charge, valid for one calendar year, and available at Wednesday's meeting.


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