Cattle Point Beach Access

The site at Cattle Point is breathtaking.  To avoid detracting from the beauty of the site, J.A. Brennan's final design takes a low visual impact approach.  The design creates a stairway of approximately 30 stone steps, each selected to match the dark and exposed siltstone bedrock.  A new access trail and viewpoint at the top of the bluff includes a swelling and undulating stone wall, which rises from the ground drawing people towards the staircase.  A mid-way viewpoint includes bedrock-carved art work and seat wall, where visitors can take in the amazing south facing view of Middle Channel, Lopez Island and several smaller islands, before descending the bedrock carved stairway to the beach.  The design utilizes already disturbed land, minimizing any scarring or erosion potential along the bluff.  Costs will be minimized by keeping improvements above the MHHW mark and avoiding excavation in an area of known cultural resources.  The project will be constructed during the 2015-2017 Biennium.



Client: Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Location: San Juan Island, WA