In 1999 Island Rec’s Board of Commissioners created the Trails Committee as a subcommittee of the Island Rec Board.
Today it is an active, organized and dedicated group of volunteers committed to encouraging the creation and maintenance of a network of trails for non-motorized use on San Juan Island.
The Trails Committee Website is a great resource for San Juan Island trail maps and walking information!
Trails Committee Volunteers will be leading guided trail walks on the 4th Saturday of every month. These “Know Your Island” Walks are a great way to get out and enjoy the island while learning about the area and natural history.
Get more information on the 2014 “Know Your Island” Walks
April 29, 2014
Trails Committee Receives Innovation Award
Feet First, a statewide organization promoting walkable communities, recently honored the San Juan Island Trails Committee with a Walkable Washington Innovation Award, one of three given at a symposium held at Pike Place Market in Seattle.
The award cited the Know Your Island Walks created and implemented by Eileen Drath for the Trails Committee. She gave an informative presentation there on the programs which have fostered collaboration, cooperation, coordination, connections and community.
She was accompanied by two members of the Trails Committee, Bill Severson, chair, and Leslie Veirs.
The first Know Your Island Walk was in January 2011 at American Camp, led by Mike Vouri, historian and Chief of Interpretation for the San Juan Island National Historical Park. All walks are on trails open to the public.
Over the years, the monthly walks have been guided by individuals from the community who represent a wide variety of groups, including the Port of Friday Harbor, the Trails Committee, the Youth Conservation Corps and the San Juan Historical Society. Eileen is to be congratulated for her unique idea of promoting walking through community education and engagement!