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English Camp



0.7 mile 1.2 kilometer loop


Ascent: 81' 25 m
Descent: -77' -24 m
High: 90' 27 m
Low: 14' 4 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)


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Trail shared by Isaac Bozeman

A hike around the renowned English Camp.

Isaac Bozeman

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Kids will love the history.

Standard NPS regulations.


This hike will take you through one of the most important, yet abstruse points of history in America.


This hike starts in the parking lot (as most do!) and heads left onto the Formal Garden, Barracks, and Officers Hill Loop. Follow this until you come to the Formal Garden. Hike around the garden and take a right.

Hike around the Barracks (a seasonal visitor center) using the Barracks Connector. Hike back to the Blockhouse and take a right to follow Formal Garden, Blockhouse, Storehouse, and Hospital Spur. This will end onto Parking Lot - Hospital Connector, which you'll take back to the parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

Oaks, pines, cedars, maples, grass, eagles, and more can be found here.

History & Background

Back in the 19th Century, San Juan Island was split: the NW section belonged to the British, and the south side belonged to America. Tensions were already high as a result, and when a British pig found its way over the border and into an American farmer's garden in June 1859, chaos ensued after the American farmer shot the pig. The British authorities threatened to arrest the farmer and arrest the rest of the settlers. When this happened, the American settlers called for military protection. By August 1859, the British built up 3 warships, 36 cannons, and around 500 men. The American army, under the command of George Picket, had a relatively small garrison of 14 cannons and 461 men. Fortunately, General Custer was not involved, otherwise the story would not be the same. The two governments settled the dispute peacefully, and after 12 years of joint occupation, the British left. The result is the longest unfortified border in the world, between America and Canada.

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Nov 29, 2019
Abby Hric
May 12, 2019
Krystal Rayner
Aug 5, 2018
Isaac Bozeman

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Coast Salish totem pole illustrating traditional reef net fishing, two Salmon storyboards and two cedar-strip canoes were dedicated by members of the Lummi Nation and the Saanich Nation at the August 25, 2016
May 14, 2019 near Friday…, WA
The historic blockhouse.
Apr 30, 2018 near Friday…, WA
View of garden, blockhouse and beachline of English Camp coming down from the old Commanders House location.
May 14, 2019 near Friday…, WA
Walking down the trail.
Apr 30, 2018 near Friday…, WA
The trail to English Camp.
May 4, 2018 near Friday…, WA
A very large maple in the parade ground.
Apr 30, 2018 near Friday…, WA