Mount Grant Preserve
San Juan Island
Year protected: 2015
Land protected: 141 acres
Hiking Trails: 3.5 miles
Trail Difficulty: Challenging
Mount Grant is open for low-impact public access, including hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use. You can enjoy a hike to the summit ridge, a prominent outcropping that runs north-south and affords 360-degree views to surrounding islands, waterways, and distant mountains.
The San Juan County Land Bank, which manages the preserve, is developing a management plan that includes future construction of amenities (such as a picnic shelter) and an expanded trail network. In the meantime, the main route to the top is along the summit road, which links to meandering walking trails around the ridgeline.
Spring visitors can enjoy pockets of wildflowers and take in the birdsong around the ridgetop, while summer visitors can watch raptors hunting along the ridge and enjoy the breathtaking views.
Visitors with limited mobility can enjoy driving to the top on most Sundays, when the gate at the bottom of the mountain is open (weather permitting). There are several designated handicapped parking spots at the summit ridge; a loop trail around the summit is accessible by most wheelchairs.
Access: Mount Grant is accessible from West Valley Road, where the entrance of the driveway to the parking area is signed. Currently, Mount Grant is open for driving access to the top on designated Sundays only from 10 a.m.—7 p.m. Please park in designated areas and respect private property, which borders the Mount Grant parking area and access road (familiarize yourself with property boundaries before setting off for your hike).