Explore the most popular trails near Anacortes with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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mountain biking
16 hours ago

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!

Beautiful casual hike but I don’t recommend trying to loop it. Next time we’ll stay on the main trail and hike it as an out and back. Everyone is right. It’s a poorly marked trail and can be frustrating if trying to loop.
Still worth it though!

Uphill but paths are nicely maintained. It takes about 30 minutes to get from the parking lot to the Sugarloaf viewpoint.

I don’t know if it was just me, but I had some trouble finding where to start on this trail. Essentially, you start by a Porta Potty. I had to have the trail map open in this app to make sure I was in the right path, but once I got going it was pretty straight forward!

Hiking by a lake in the summer is ideal because I can take a dip while stopping for lunch. I would say go for it!

Hike really beautiful but a portion of trail overgrown, full if bandit trails which you can easily to get lost and some parts are dangerous. This hike made me almost uninstall this app.

Took my daughter on this hike and it was doable for a 10-year old. The last part of the trail up to the top of Erie is a bit tricky for the less experienced. Also, as others have said, the trail system can be very confusing if you have not been on the trail before. Views were good, but not great because of smoke/haze.

trail running
18 days ago

As a beginner to running I found the hills challenging but the trail was paved and simple for me to follow. Great views.

Easy, plenty of places to wander! Beautiful views

Beautiful views but terrible trail marking. We went clockwise around the loop, and somehow ended up going an extra mile up and down some rock scrambles that brought us to water and a cliff face about 3/4 around the loop. Oops. We had to back track. Would love if the park could mark the trail a bit better.

24 days ago

Really nice trail...well maintained! Good Saturday hike after a couple IPA at the general store!

road biking
27 days ago

Busy in the morning time. Super easy.

Great hike, but it can be a little confusing, there are many trails that lead off the main one. I started at the Whistle Lake p. lot at the info board. the trail start is a wide road. if you follow it straight, you end up at the lake, to get to the summit, you need to make a right at the wood out house, left at the map board and left again when the trail "t's", there's actually directional markers posted marking the way to the summit. it gets a bit steep after that, but we'll worth it. I recommend going early, I started at 9, very few people. Made it back down after noon and it was busy along the trail to the lake & no parking left.

A good little leg burner to a stunning views of West (Cascades) South (Mt Erie) and East (Islands and Olympic Peninsula). I’ve read it’s a 1000 feet elevation, and it’s fairly steep in some sections, but relatively do able for most people. Views from the top can’t be beat. Go at sunrise for epic light.

Beautiful easy hiking nearby.

If you do this trail as drawn, you're doing it wrong. Just continue on the track a bit further until you see the sign for Kenny Oaks trail on the left and take that. It will take you along 204 which provides beautiful views of Whistle Lake. The marked trail is pretty boring until you get to the top of Mt Erie.

hiking
1 month ago

We started up the trail at a little after 11am. Just one other hiker at the summit — from which the view was magnificent. However traffic increased significantly soon thereafter, including a group with a drone, trampling all over the tranquility. Boo. Still a beautiful, quick and easy hike with a gazillion dollar view from the summit. We planned to stick around for a bit and see if any eagles showed up but that was unlikely with that horrible drone buzzing around.

road biking
1 month ago

Warning. Access to the trail is no longer available from the marina. If you can walk your bike down a couple of flights of stairs along a forest trail and down three more flights of stairs, you'll be rewarded with a great little paved path that's quite wide and has great views of the Guemes Channel. It will end at the beach next to the Ferry Terminal.
Or just ride to the terminal and ride onto the path... out and back is about 3 miles.

Lots of elevation gain. Many options and view points.

One of my favorite hikes. The views you get are amazing. We were blessed with abundant sunshine today and it was breathtaking.
We started at the Rosario head trail and made our way to lighthouse point. We read the reviews saying that the north side of lighthouse point was dangerous and we thought we were avoiding it but we didn’t. We made it down an extremely steep bank to a rocky beach and ended up having to turn around and head back the way we came. AVOID THE NORTH END. It is definitely not safe. If we didn’t have so many little kids with us, we would have seriously considered swimming back to the main shore to avoid the going up the bank we came down. Even with that scary part of the hike we all loved it and would definitely do it again. All the kids loved it. We had around 20 kids in our group ranging from 1 to 12 and they all did great.

Beautiful hike with few people this morning. Sun came out on the southern point for a great view.

Nice way to spend the day! I took the ferry over and walked from the ferry landing, probably added nearly 4 miles to the walk, made for a great hike/walk. The area is beautiful as are the views from the top. Good hike to take a dog on.

Be careful. If you try to go around the whole loop it gets too extreme on the north part of the Loop. I would recommend doing the southern half of the loop ie cut across the middle of the island. The trail on the app should be marked the same as the state park map. Definitely not moderate for the trail marked on the app. We had to back track and could not complete the trail as indicated on the app.

beautiful trail. watch the offshoot on the lighthouse trail, this fork isn't obvious for which is the official trail and which lands you on a goat trail that's pretty gnarly

Great views. Lots of cars today. We’d definitely go again.

Great views in a short distance. Uphill with switchbacks going in and downhill going out. Good hike for those who want to hike but may not be completely fit and ready for more advanced hikes.

Beautiful hike with lots of view points and various campsites near by. The hike itself is pretty easy but be sure to bring bug spray because I came home with lots of bites. Lots of spider webs to run into as well. Try to go early to avoid crowds. By the time we left at 9 am the parking lot was full.

Very easy trail with astonished by views of deception pass. Is not super known since most people focus on the other side of the pass. Quite magnificent and good for all skills. There is no lighthouse :-)

There is a nice view from the top making the uphill trek worth it.

Nice morning hike. Saw an eagle, and enjoyed a private beach.

Not well marked, but a really beautiful hike. As a beginner and a hiker of size not the best hike (lots of elevation and very skinny trails) but so much fun and again very beautiful.

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