Mount Erie, Sugerloaf, Heart Lake & Whistle Lake


Day Hike - Mount Erie via Sugarloaf

A winter ramble through the Anacortes Community Forest Lands with views of the Skagit Valley, Whidbey Island, the Straits of Juan de Fuca and the San Juan Islands.

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  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,800 ft

We'll be meeting at the Heart Lake parking lot at 10am, a carpool rendezvous for people living down south at the Ash Way Park and Ride at I-5 exit 183, leaving at 8:45am. Let the hike leader know where you plan to meet.

Post hike snack break at Gere-a-Deli in downtown Anacortes. Snow (always a chance in January) may cancel this adventure.

We won't be doing the same hike listed in the Mountaineers template, but rather a loop from the Heart Lake parking lot to Sugarloaf, then onto Mt Erie for lunch (weather permitting), then loop back through the ACFL for possible additional views. Please go to this link and download the Whistle Lake PDF:

This park has many well-signed trails and will require paying close attention at the many intersections.

We hiked this loop at the end of December and found poles helpful during some of the accents. A few muddy spots here and there. It's a multi-use set of trails, so there could be a few mountain bikes and a horse or two.


Mount Erie, Sugerloaf, Heart Lake & Whistle Lake

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
  11. Gloves, rain gear and a pack cover always a good idea in the winter
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