WOW! It has now been a year since San Juan County became the owner of Lopez Hill! We have a wonderful week of activities planned to celebrate this momentous event culminating in a Commemoration at the Lopez Hill Preserve parking area with special guests: Ann Palmer, Friends of Lopez Hill, Jamie Stephens, San Juan County Council, Hilary Franz, Commissioner Public Lands, Senator Liz Lovelett, and Lincoln Bormann, SJC Land Bank. This will be followed by a party at Vita’s. Please go to http://sjclandbank.org/events/ to see details of the events. Come join in the celebration!
Hunting Information for Lopez Hill 2018
Lopez Hill is currently the only Land Bank Preserve that allows hunting. The preserve is open for the early season hunt September 1-October 31st. Specific dates for 2018 are:
Archery September 1-28
Muzzle Loader September 29-October 7
Modern Firearm October 13-31
Where to hunt? The eastern edge of the preserve is recommended as the best hunting area. The forest was logged in the 1990’s and has browse and logging trails. The following aerial shows good places to park along Lopez Sound Road where old skid roads provide walk-in access. This zone is separated from the hiking trails on the rest of the preserve so there is less chance of hiker interactions. Nearby houses are marked in red.
Lopez Hill is a 400-acre preserve with multi-use hiking and biking trails. Please be aware that others are recreating on public lands during the hunting season. If you are successful in your endeavors, please consider the other users of Lopez Hill, and keep gut piles away from public areas. This helps to maintain a good relationship between hunters and hikers, and ends up benefiting everyone.
Click this link to download a copy of the Lopez Hill Trails Map .
There are no facilities at Lopez Hill, and no camping or fires are allowed. For campgrounds, try Odlin County Park (360-468-2496) or Spencer Spit State Park (360-468-2251).
If you are interested in the late season hunt during November 15-18, the only public lands open on Lopez Island are in the San Juan Islands National Monument. They have about 400 acres on the south end of Lopez. The person to contact there is Nick Teague (360-468-3754, email@example.com). See Hints for Hunters 2018 SJINM_SJCLB with LNT for more details.
The best of luck to you! Our deer may not be quite as big as the mainland deer, but there are more of them. If you have any other questions, contact the Land Bank office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-378-4402.
—The information in this post was provided by San Juan County Land Bank.
The Land Bank, along with Friends of Lopez Hill, will celebrate National Trails Day with a hike around Lopez Hill. Carpool with your enthusiasm, water and appropriate clothing to the Lopez Hill parking area for a good time with great people in a wonderful place. See you there! Please call Tanja Williamson at 360-378-4402 or visit sjclandbank.org for more information.
Note: Parking is very limited at the trailhead. Please carpool!
When: June 2, 2018 at 1pm
Where: Lopez Hill trailhead, off of Lopez Sound Road: see map below.
San Juan County is now the owner of Lopez Hill! This incredible 400 acre property is now protected for generations to come!
In a process that took a long time and resulted in a 50-year lease in 2009, the San Juan County Land Bank negotiated with the WA State DNR to reach a deal. MANY THANKS to everyone involved in the Friends of Lopez Hill and the many volunteers who helped along the way. Many, many thanks also, to the County Council and the Land Bank, who continued to keep this project a priority.
We’ll be hosting a celebration sometime soon; we will announce details as we finalize plans.
Our beloved and hard-working steward, Tim Clark, is retiring the end of May. The San Juan County Land Bank is hiring a replacement.
Details and an application can be found here:
The Washington State Legislature just passed a new law clarifying where e-bikes are, and aren’t, allowed. This new legislation says that unless specifically allowed, motorized mountain bikes are prohibited from natural surface trails. Lopez Hill is managed by the San Juan County Land Bank, which currently prohibits motorized vehicles from its preserves.
No e-bikes are allowed on Lopez Hill trails. Please respect the law and be courteous to other trail users.
From the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance:
E-Bike Legislation Passes in WA Senate and House.
This month, a new electric-assisted bicycle (e-bike) legislation bill (SB 6434) passed the Senate and the House, and it is anticipated to be signed by the Governor soon. In short, this bill allows e-bike use on paved trails, but restricts use on natural surface trails, unless the land manager specifically allows it.
Evergreen worked with non-motorized recreation groups to assist the Legislature in refining the bill’s language, and encouraged clear distinction between e-bike use on paved trails vs. natural surface trails. Here’s where we landed:
What Does this Bill Do?
- It defines what an e-bike is in Washington State, and establishes a regulatory framework for their use.
- SB 6434 classifies e-bikes as bicycles, as long as its power output is no more than 750 watts, it has a saddle, includes fully operative pedals, and meets the criteria of the following classes:
- Class 1: E-assist only while pedaling, with a maximum speed of 20 mph.
- Class 2: Can be propelled solely by the motor, with a maximum speed of 20 mph.
- Class 3: E-assist only while pedaling, with a maximum speed of 28 mph, and has a speedometer.
- It gives land managers specific authority to regulate the use of e-bikes on their properties.
- It requires prominent labeling for all e-bikes containing the Classification Number, Top Assisted Speed, and Motor Wattage”.
What Does this Bill Mean for E-Bike Use?
1) Road, Bike Lanes and Paved Trails
Class 1 and 2 e-bikes are now allowed on roads, in bike lanes and on paved trails. Local and State jurisdictions may restrict or limit their use.
2) Natural Surface Trails
Evergreen collaborated with other outdoor recreation groups to include language defining natural surface trails, and treating them differently than paved bike paths. The end result is that e-bikes are not allowed on natural surface trails, unless signed or stated open by the managing jurisdiction.
Next steps for Evergreen
We are satisfied with the outcome of this initial legislation, as it addresses a critical need for urban bike commuters, and gives land managers specific authority to implement e-bike policies. It also recognizes that there is a crucial difference between road and trail use and it enables Evergreen to work on future legislation specific to trails, if deemed necessary.
How e-bike use is regulated is crucial to Evergreen for several reasons:
- Concerns by our partners in joint non-motorized recreation planning efforts;
- Potential loss of trail access if land managers choose to close trails to all “bikes” because e-bikes are now defined as bicycles;
- Funding eligibility risk for future state, federal, and local grants; and
- Ability for land managers to enforce the regulations.
It remains crucial to monitor the actual use and implementation of this legislation. While its passage ends the “free-for-all” e-bike use on roads and paved paths through regulation, there is still work to be done on how this relates to mountain biking, and we have concerns on how this bill defines “natural surface trails”.
Our goal is to ensure appropriate legislation is in place for land managers to effectively manage e-bikes on mountain bike trails. We’re working hard to stay on top of the issue, and devise and promote solutions that best advance our sport.