Lopez Island is full of many adventures and places waiting to be
visited. With some of the best camping grounds in the San Juans and many beaches
with their own natural mystique, Lopez Island is the place for an exciting
and peaceful visit.
Shark Reef, a beach with a beautiful lookout, is
an unforgettable stop. Just located on the south end of Shark Reef Rd, Shark
Reef is a place that won't let you down. When you arrive,
there will be a car parking area. To get to the actual viewing lookout area, you will
have to take about a 7 minute walk through a very forested area. The trail is
very defined and is viewable from the road. At
certain times of the year the trails may be muddy, so please come prepared with
the right footwear.
Follow the trail through the thick forest until you start to
see a clearing. Walk down to the cliffs and look over the water. San Juan Island
is just right across the way. Be extremely careful when walking along the
ledges, at any time some of the dirt on the bank could break off. If you walk
south along the banks, look out to sea and you will see 4 big, Island
sized, bare rocks. They are no more then 200 feet away from you. If you look
closely you can see the sea lions and seals bathing in the sun.
If you go back where you first arrived off the trail entering Shark Reef,
you can find many small trails down to the medium sized beaches and rocks laying areas.
Many people go on the rocks for reading, relaxing, or anything else that suits
your needs. Some people even codfish off these rocks. You also want to be
careful going down to the beach and rock areas from the steep banks. Any wrong
move and disaster awaits.