Little Cranberry Lake and Trail 100 Loop

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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.

Distance: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 282 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching






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

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

2 months ago

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.

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.

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

4 months ago

Good hike.

5 months ago

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."

5 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

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.

9 months ago

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.

mountain biking
Mon Aug 13 2018

The mountain biking is closer to moderate than easy but doable for our whole family and really fun!’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!

Wed May 02 2018

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.

Fri Apr 27 2018

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

Fri Dec 01 2017

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.

Wed Sep 27 2017

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

Sun Jun 04 2017

Great place for a small hike.

Sun May 14 2017

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.

Wed Sep 07 2016

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.

Tue Sep 06 2016

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

paddle sports
Fri May 20 2016

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!

Sat Mar 26 2016

Beautiful and super easy.

Mon Mar 21 2016

Loved it, even in the rain

Sun May 12 2013

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.

mountain biking
Mon Jun 06 2011

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.

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horseback riding
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