Friday Harbor to American Camp

Estimated Travel Time: 45 minutes.

susiemapFollow Argyle Road (which changes it’s name to Cattle Point Road) south for 6 miles to American Camp.

Follow the signs into the American Camp Exhibition Center, which focuses on the “Pig War” (the boundary dispute between the British and Americans). A ranger is on duty to provide assistance and information. A self-guided foot trail, approximately one mile long, begins at a nearby parking lot.

Your next stop is South Beach, which can be found by returning to Cattle Point Road, turn right and go 1.5 miles to Pickett’s Lane, turn right and go .5 miles down to the parking lot. On the way down, check out the open pasture to your right to see hundreds of rabbit warrens.

Also, keep an eye peeled for the trees down the hill on the right, where you may catch a glimpse of a bald eagle. Also seen in this area are foxes. South Beach is a beautiful beach that looks across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Olympic Mountain range. It is not uncommon to even see Orca whales or porpoises cruising by this beach. This beach is one of my favorites, and it would be easy to spend all day here, but you have many other exciting sights to see.  South beach has picnic benches and rest rooms, but no potable water.

Back on the moped and continue south on Cattle Point Road towards the Cattle Point Lighthouse. At this point, the road runs along a high bluff and there is a turnout to enjoy the spectacular views of Vancouver Island, Victoria, Olympic National Park, Port Angeles, and on a clear day you can even see Mt. Rainier! A permanent map at this location will help identify each island in your view.