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April 5, 2013 in Outdoors
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Bicyclists are first-class citizens the Washington State Ferry system, including these cyclists debarking at Friday Harbor on San Jan Island. They get on and off the ferries ahead of the motor vehicles. Cyclists going to the San Juan Islands from Anacortes pay the passenger fare plus a $2 surcharge during the non-peak times (October 1-April 30) and a $4 surcharge during the peak season (May 1-September 30). After paying the initial round-trip fare, inter-island travel is free.

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Bicyclists cruise toward Lime Kiln Point, a 36-acre Washington State Park on the west side of San Juan Island.

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Meredith Heick of Spokane parks her bike after pedaling from Friday Harbor to Lime Kiln Point, a 36-acre Washington State Park on the west side of San Juan Island.

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A sea-kayaker paddles by the lighthouse at Lime Kiln Point, a 36-acre Washington State Park on the west side of San Juan Island. The day-use park is a popular destination for island visitors and bicyclists. It’s known as a standout land-based facility for viewing whales.

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A sea kayaker pulls in for a break near Lime Kiln Point, a 36-acre Washington State Park on the west side of San Juan Island. The day-use park is a popular destination for island visitors and bicyclists. It’s known as a standout land-based facility for viewing whales.

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Young hikers take a break on top of Young Hill in the English Camp unit of San Juan Island National Historical Park. Photo looks toward Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

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Visitors can hike, bike or drive to Cattle Point and lighthouse, a part of the newly designated San Juan Islands National Monument adjacent to San Juan Island National Historical Park.

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Hikers overlook the Cattle Point lighthouse from the Mount Finlayson trail at American Camp in San Juan Island National Historic Park. The trail winds along forest and one of the few surviving native grasslands in the Strait of Juan de Fuca region.

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Mount Baker shines in the distance as hikers walk the Mount Finlayson trail at American Camp in San Juan Island National Historic Park. The trail winds along forest and a surviving native grassland along the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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Visitors can hike, bike or drive to Cattle Point and lighthouse, a feature of the newly designated San Juan Islands National Monument adjacent to San Juan Island National Historical Park.

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Visitors sit on a cliff and watch a sea in the water below Cattle Point and lighthouse, a part of the newly designated San Juan Islands National Monument adjacent to San Juan Island National Historical Park.

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As sea lion swims below Cattle Point lighthouse on San Juan Island.

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A hiker enjoys the beach near Third Lagoon, one of several walking destinations at San Juan Island National Historic Park.

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Cars board a Washington State ferry, leaving Friday Harbor for the return to Anacortes and the mainland.

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The boat harbor at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island is next to the Washington State ferry port.

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Passengers soak in the scenery from the deck of the Washington State ferry Yakima as they leave Friday Harbor for the return to Anacortes and the mainland.

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Mount Baker beams in the distance as seen from the deck of a Washington State ferry returning to Anacortes and the mainland from San Juan Island.

BLM areas in the San Juan Islands were declared national Monuments in March 2013 by President Barack Obama.