Lopez Hill, Lopez Island (Accessible to the public)

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Lopez Hill encompasses 399 acres, including the highest point on the island. The property is notable for its expanse of mature second-growth forest, diverse freshwater wetlands, and scattered rocky meadows. It is owned by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, and is managed by the Land Bank under the terms of a fifty year lease from the state. The county also retains the right to purchase the remaining value of the parcel during that time period. This arrangement came about after the state announced its intention to allow sale and development of Lopez Hill. Local opposition coalesced into the Friends of Lopez Hill which was instrumental in keeping “The Hill” in public hands.

Over four miles of primitive trails are open to pedestrians, equestrians, and mountain bikers. Limited deer hunting is also permitted; hunters must contact the Land Bank for current regulations. The Friends of Lopez Hill built and maintains trails on the property. A detailed trail map is available from their website http://lopezhill.org/.
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