Walk half-mile trail on San Juan County Land Bank Westside Preserve

  • Mon Oct 22nd, 2018 12:07pm
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Contributed photo
                                The trail’s namesake is the goldenback fern.

Contributed photo The trail’s namesake is the goldenback fern.

Submitted by event organizers

The next Know Your Island Walk is from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27. The new San Juan County Land Bank Stewardship Coordinator Erin Halcomb will lead attendees on the Goldenback Trail. This is a relatively new trail within the land bank’s westside preserve. In 2016, the property was generously gifted to the land bank by the Reiss family, and the 0.5-mile trail was constructed shortly thereafter.

The trail is moderately difficult and has a short but consistent climb to the top with switchbacks through coastal prairie habitat. It affords both close encounters with its namesake, the delicate Goldenback fern, as well as expansive views of the Salish Sea. The trailhead is across from the Westside scenic preserve’s northern parking area on Westside Road. Parking is limited, so carpool. Dogs are allowed on leashes.