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Proposed Route

The Route of the Old Military Road Trail

The 21st century route to honor the Old Military Road Trail has not been defined. The OMRT route, at least in part, will be created after an extensive public planning process.


The proposed route will be determined realistically by only using property already open to the public, by permission of private landowners who will welcome the trail on their land and by the use of public roads.


The original 1850s route was modified as decades passed and the San Juan Island population grew. The new trail will in some places cross or follow closely the original Old Military Road but for the most part will match our current times and circumstances.

The trail will be opened in phases with eight distinct segments as noted in the map on this page. Segment 1 will run along the existing  American Camp Trail from the American Camp Visitor Center to the Frazer Homestead Preserve and is targeted for opening in 2021.  Additional segments will follow, some targeted for opening by the Fall of 2022 in time to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Kaiser Wilhelm I’s arbitration decision granting San Juan Island to the United States.

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11-minute narrated project summary slideshow:

  • To create a safe recreational corridor across San Juan Island for people of all ages–walkers, as well as bicyclists and equestrians on appropriate sections, to enhance health and relieve road congestion.

  • To celebrate the extraordinary history and beauty of San Juan Island while promoting a sustainable balance between natural resource use and protection.

  • To connect neighborhoods and popular destinations and link our two National Historical Parks.

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