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Little Mountain Park Loop

MODERATE 92 reviews

Little Mountain Park Loop is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mount Vernon, Washington that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.5 miles
780 feet

dogs on leash


mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

bird watching



The trailhead is if you start at the top, go down and back up. Little Mountain Park, comprising 522 acres, is located south of Mount Vernon City limits. Follow the 1.5 mile paved road to the top of Little Mountain, an elevation gain of 934 feet. A covered viewpoint provides a spectacular look at the Skagit Valley, San Juan Islands, Olympic Mountains, and the tulip fields. The north viewpoint opened in the spring of 2005 with a spectacular view of Mount Baker. The park also provides numerous hiking trails and serves as an excellent hang gliding location. Come and bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the scenic Skagit Valley.

3 days ago

Beautiful day for a hike at this gem of a park! You would have no idea you were so close to a city if it wasn't for the traffic noise. Lots of birds, a few squirrels, big trees and the wildflowers are just starting to bloom. I came on a warm spring Saturday afternoon. There were quite a few cars, but there are enough miles of trails that I only passed a few other hikers here and there. There is a labyrinth of trails, so definitely keep a map handy!

1 month ago

Great trail but it has a lot of other trails so You have to watch signs and watch your map.

1 month ago

Nice for the mountain bike.

2 months ago

Best advice was using a previous review that suggested That was amazing and extremely helpful to have on my phone. There are three trail heads. This app only provides the main trailhead that refers to the criminal activity. I parked at the Archery and hiked up to the viewpoints. They're many trails zigzagging thru these hills which are all well marked and if you have the map on how to navigate it's a great hike. We did about 4 miles round trip. Taylor's Trail to Up Quick is a good climb. Bonny and Clyde to Juliann coming back down was a nice scenery change. ENJOY!

2 months ago

Thanks for the reviews. I may drive to the top and just look but the criminal activity is a huge turn off. Sad as this has become a trend for allot of trailheads.

4 months ago

Great trails for every level.

6 months ago

It was a good hike . I definitely saw some criminal types hanging around the parking lot so I didn’t venture super far from vehicle but fun all the same

6 months ago

Nice trails throughout. Parking lot has an awesome lookout point.

8 months ago

The trails are certainly five star, but I got back to my truck to find it had been broken into. I’ve hiked there six times now and the damage to my truck was $1200 so that comes to $200 a hike. My problem is, once again the Rangers have done absolutely nothing to catch the person doing this damage so it’s just not worth going there to me. If you decide to hike there be vigilant and keep an eye out for shady characters. The window repair place that repaired my vehicle said they’ve repaired several vehicles with damage from Little Mountain Park.

8 months ago

very easy hiking. nice afternoon hike

8 months ago

Nice offering of trails - different skill levels and inclines. Mountain bike trails make for easy hiking w/ switchbacks. Hiking only trails were a better workout w/ steeper inclines. Don’t use “Directions” provides thru this app - search by Little Mountain Park and park at top of road (or one of trailheads along the way). Bring lunch and eat at one of the two lookouts. If you want to park at bottom so you can climb first, park at Silver Arrow Bowmen archery range.

trail running
9 months ago

I came to the mountain early (before the park was open) and used another entrance up the road. It has a lot of little trails to use with beautiful scenery. The top view is worth it. I was able to run most of it but near the top some of the trails got too steep to run. The main view is nice but if you follow the walking trail just left of the gazebo there is a nice rock to sit on and take in the view.

10 months ago

Lots of trail choices, very well maintained, and great view!

trail running
11 months ago

Love all the trails!!! Really nice for short little hikes to do before you go on your most difficult hikes!! I am here almost everyday now!!! But be careful one of the wooden bridges on Nature Trail is broken. Only one of them though! Go here for your first time hiking and if you are want short hikes before your longer difficult hikes!!! A lot of nice people come here hiking! God bless you all and happy hiking!! Be safe in all you do!!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Nice little park of trails. Went to the north viewpoint and then took La-Z-Boy back down. Will come back here to explore more at some point.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

2/13/18 Drove to the top and walked down the road to about mid way to start the hike. It was a clear day and the Bonnie and Clyde trail was great with only a couple of down trees. Was neat to see the valley flooded.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Love hiking this trail with my kiddos.

Monday, October 23, 2017

super confusing lots of side trail should be rated as easy

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Great view from top, many trails to check out.

trail running
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Great little find! Drove to top to check the views then hiked around for a couple hours! The only thing I did not like is all the strange cars full of suspicious people/kids doing what they were not supposed to be doing! Other than that a cool spot to do a quick easy adventure or just take in the views!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Good, challenging. Many different trails. Good view if mt vernon but nothing spectacular. Could take dogs

Monday, July 31, 2017

Lots of different choices for paths, nicely maintained and pleasant but signage could be better

Monday, May 29, 2017

nice views. trails well maintained and marked. some short steep climbs. mostly under tree canopy except at view areas. nice hike.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Very scenic. Nice place for a family hike and/or dog walk.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Many trails, many different ways to go. Worth the walk. Even a road all the way to top, with a few pull offs up the way, if you want to start from anywhere. Great views, perfect for all ages, dogs and children.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Tight trails, good burms make for solid riding...only road a few trails but definitely good downhill rides. Be cautious though, some turns are posted right up to very large drops, if you don't nail it, you're a bird!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Great hike for beginners, it's fun and not very difficult. It needs more signs though.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

fun little trail close to home. the 4 & 2 year old had great time!!!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Loved it, excellent for most skill levels, needs better signage though.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Beautiful forest, well maintained, easy to follow trails. Some tough spots inexperienced hikers but we did it! The lookout points at the top make it well worth the trip.

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