This jewel of an island plays host to an old farm and serene hiking trails. If you are there in the fall, bring an appetite for the apples that abound near the site. Keep your eyes peeled for the semi-tame deer which feed in the orchard clearing and near the caretaker’s house. Great view of Mt. Rainier from the steps down to the beach.
Approach: Pebble beach; short walk to site from beach. Bring your boat up to the site, as there is no beach at high tide.
Location: Hope Island is located in the South Sound just west of Squaxin Island. The site is on the south-western side of the island, 200 feet west of the main stairs.
Sanitation: Vault toilet approx. 150 feet north-east of site.
Overflow: None. (Do not camp in orchard.)
Fires: No fires
Extras: A hiking trail around the island
Fees: $12/night for up to 8 in site
Special Considerations: In the summer, a caretaker lives onsite in a cabin just north-east of the toilet. Stop by for more historic information on the island, or contact in case of emergency. In the fall, you can pick up to 2 gallons of apples for free. Pets are not allowed on the island.
Natural History: Hope Island was named by Commander Charles Wilkes for one of his crew in 1841. Wilkes was engaged in the mission of charting Puget Sound. The sea-life in the area consists of beds of huge sea stars, sea cucumbers, shellfish, shrimp, and a variety of fish. Look for bio-luminescence in the water on mid-summer nights.