Probably the most remote campsite on the Cascadia Marine Trail, Point Doughty is well worth every bit of effort necessary to get there. The small bay to the southwest of the point is too shallow for most power boats, often resulting in a peaceful solitude becoming ever more difficult to find in the San Juans.
Approach: Small beach on the southern side of the point. Gravel and pebbles at high tide. Rocks at low tide.
Location: At the north-western corner of Orcas Island
Hazards: Rock and sand shoals of the point create significant rips
Sanitation: Vault toilets
Fires: Fire rings available
Extras: Picnic tables
Special Considerations: Located within a Natural Area Preserve. The forest is closed to the public. Nearby YMCA Camp Orkila often uses the site for environmental education.
Natural History: The adjacent Natural Area Preserve protects a natural forest community dominated by douglas-fir and ocean spray, representing the “rain shadow” vegetation which occurs in the San Juan Islands. Bald eagles feed and nest on the preserve, and seals haul out on the rocky shoreline. As the Preserve is off-limits for hiking, be sure to bring binoculars to enjoy the wildlife and remember to scan the water for a glimpse of whales, porpoises, or scuba divers.