Peach Preserve

Guemes Island

Years protected: 2000 & 2007

Land protected: 64 acres

Shoreline protected: 2,100 feet

Hiking Trails: 0.4 Miles

Trail Difficulty: Easy

As the Guemes Island ferry from Anacortes makes its way toward Guemes landing, look to the left and you’ll see a broad beach where there are no houses. That’s the Peach Preserve. A half-mile of easy trails on the preserve take you through the forest, across a seasonal wetland, and through the shoreline prairie. Come back along the beach and make a loop of it.

The preserve has kept more than 2,000 feet of shoreline and 63 acres of forest, wetland, and grassland available for public visitation.

Access: From the Guemes ferry landing, head north on Guemes Island Road and take a left on South Shore Drive. The road bends to the left. At the next right-hand bend (about 0.6 miles from the ferry) look for a small pull-out area on the left (south) side of road. The entrance to the preserve is marked by a post on the path, a few feet into the forest.

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Birding

Not mentioned is that this is one of the best sites on Guemes for birding. The wetland is a great magnet for them. Lots of warblers in the spring and summer along with rarer marsh species like snipe and rails. For the sake of the birds, please keep your pets on a leash!