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Little Cranberry Lake and Trail 100 Loop

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Cranberry Lake Park

Little Cranberry Lake and Trail 100 Loop is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Anacortes, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 282 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Forest

Lake

Wildlife

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Getting There

Please note that horseback riding and mountain biking are only allowed on certain portions of this loop.

From 12th (or Hwy 20) turn onto Hartford Ave, then left onto W 3rd St, right onto Georgia Ave then a right onto Cranberry Lake Rd (you'll see ACFL sign) which takes you straight to a large parking lot with access to the lake.

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Sandra Holeman
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Hiking

Great trail. Really enjoyed it. We parked at the gate by mitten pond. We had a map with us which thank goodness Because we would not had known where all the trails lead to... Lololol. Definitely will go again and bring a float thing to go onto the lake...

Morgan Blair
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Hiking

I agree with other reviewers that say the lake is easy to get to although Alltrails directions to reach the lake are usually wrong. From 12th (or Hwy 20) turn onto Hartford Ave, then left onto W 3rd St, right onto Georgia Ave then a right onto Cranberry Lake Rd (you'll see ACFL sign) which takes you straight to a large parking lot with access to the lake.

Kismet oettinger
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you have to watch signs and make sure you're not on the trail that is at the waters edge, but it's a great hike. good for kids. not sure if I'd take a stroller on it though. best to put child in a backpack carrier. enjoyed this trail!

Jeff Blanchard
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RunningRocky

Pretty darn good a few spots of mud lots of leaves covering rocks so just paying attention to your football overall lotta fun go off trail accidentally a couple of times

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Jover C.
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Hiking

This is a great loop trail for a quick hike or long slow paced one. The trail is not very technical, so it is good for all skill levels. Dogs on leash and kids would do well on this trail. Watch out for the occasional mountain biker.

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David Bowen
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Hiking

Nice secluded trail in the woods, but still close by to nearby homes. Good trail for dogs off lease, but be aware of trail bikers on path.

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Alex Demaar
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HikingRocky

We found that the directions are not accurate. A better way to get there is left on Georgia off 12th. (Oaks) then it turns into a gravel road that leads to cranberry lake. There are a few parking spots and choices of trails to go on we went on the lower loop around the lake. It was a bit rugged we are glad we didn’t bring our 12 year old dog or our 4 1/2 year kid with us. All in all it’s a beautiful lake trail. We enjoyed it.

Darren Stovel
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Jover C.
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Hiking

Good hike.

Karen Hoexter
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Hiking

I tried this trail yesterday. It is beautiful but you really need a map. No maps at the trailhead right now. You can get them at local businesses on Commercial St. Alltrails directions to the lake put you in a residential area. There is 1 parking spot and 2 unmarked trails. the closest one to the parking spot will take you to the actual trail. I did not encounter any of the trail conditions noted below. It was an fairly easy trail with a lot of tree roots so watch your footing. The directions on the Anacortes Community Forest Lands website are: "From Interstate 5 north of Seattle, take State Route 20 west to Anacortes. When you reach town, turn right on Commercial Avenue, and then left on 12th Street, following the signs to the San Juan Island ferries. After you start to parallel the water, turn left on Georgia Avenue (streets are alphabetical), and turn right at the Cranberry Lake sign. Follow this graveled road to reach the parking lot."

Jenny Chong
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Hiking

nephew, dog and I had a blast. beautiful and peaceful

Anna M
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Hiking

Wonderful Lake you can hike around. In the summer- great swimming.

Sara Rodgers
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Hiking

If you’re in the area and want a quick hike with all the long hike glories, check this one out! Quiet, lightly trafficked, yet challenging 1 hr tour.

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Morgan Blair
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My family and I love the trails around Cranberry Lake. There are many paths to choose from which is nice but also makes it easy to get lost so watch your trail markers carefully. The lake is easy to get to although Alltrails directions to reach the lake are all wrong. From 12th (or Hwy 20) turn onto Hartford Ave, then left onto W 3rd St, right onto Georgia Ave then a right onto Cranberry Lake Rd (you'll see ACFL sign) which takes you straight to a large parking lot with access to the lake.

Anne Sutherland
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Mountain biking

The mountain biking is closer to moderate than easy but doable for our whole family and really fun! Warning...it’s a bit confusing following the trails but getting lost isn’t a big deal since it’s just a series of intertwining loops and connector trails. Anacortes bike shop has a detailed map (even though no one at the shop has actually mountain biked there). Cranberry lake is a beautiful little lake!

Jordyn Wagner
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Hiking

There are difficult hikes in here as well as flat ground. Be sure to pick your trail wisely as there are about 30! The full hike around the lake usually takes a couple hours, it’s gorgeous! There are smaller trails that can fill just twenty minutes as well.

Ryder Sparks
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Hiking

Great trail that circles the lake, there's also a small cave on the northeast part.

Jennifer Sharp
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Hiking

Followed the 101 trail all the way around the outskirts of the lake. Very rooty with rocks. Enjoyed the 2mile journey, not to hard of a hike but enough to raise your heart rate just a bit.

Amanda Markowski
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Hiking

Fun leisurely hike. Not much of an incline till after the lake. Lake was nice tho. Nothing crazy. Got stuck in the dark going back

Sue Sadler
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Great place for a small hike.

Pam Longworth
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Walking

Love this hike even though the recent fire has closed some of my favorite parts you can go the other way and it's wonderful.

Julie Erickson
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Hiking

We enjoyed the well labeled, well maintained trails. Recent fire blocked off the opportunity to do a nice loop hike as planned. Very family friendly. However, if you are looking for a wilderness type of experience, this is not it. More like a Seattle Metro Park.

Charity Gandolfo
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A local favorite. Be advised that as of late august the east side of the lake is indefinitely closed due to a forest fire.

Christian Lybbert
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Paddle sports

I loved this lake so much that after my hike around it, I came back with kayaks and floated around it. Very easy hike and small lake. Loved the area with dead trees springing up through the lake and the beautiful swampy area just south of the lake. Trails are taken care of and properly labeled. Love the resting/view spots along the lake. Can't wait to try the rope swing!

Steph Watkins
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Hiking

Beautiful and super easy.

Jamie Peth
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Loved it, even in the rain

Rob Leetz
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Running

I run a variation of the Cranberry Lake trails a few times a week. Depending on where you start, the trail can be out and back, a loop, or point to point. Some of the trails may be a bit sketchy for the overprotective parent, but overall it is a pretty easy family friendly trail. Some trails are limited to foot, horse, bikes, motorcycles, or a combination of any of those. Check the city of Anacortes' website and with the parks department for info. I think maps are available in town at the bike shop at 17th Street and Commercial Avenue.

Michele Southern
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Mountain biking

In the Anacortes Community Forest Lands this has some wide jeep trail that connects the Single track around the lake. some easy family trails and some rocky rooty challenging trails.

Beth Meenaghan
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Horseback riding
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Rob Cummings
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Mountain biking
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