Mount Erie

Mount Erie near Anacortes, is an area for scrambling and climbing field trips and crag climbing trips.


From I-5 take exit 230 for WA-20 toward Burlington/Anacortes/Skagit Airport.  Stay on WA-20 and after about 20 miles turn left on Campbell Lake Rd., which continues at Heart Lake Rd.. Take a slight right onto Ray Auld Dr., and then take a right on Erie Mountain Dr.. After a couple miles, the parking lot will be on the right. 


  • Book Reference: Rockin' on the Rock: A Guide to Mt. Erie Climbing by Dallas Klokke with Jim Thompson & Aaron Bryant (2013).

Scheduling & Permit information

  • internal climbing lottery

    This is a very popular climbing area. If you are listing a trip, please check the Mt Erie Internal Lottery Results document before listing your trip to be sure your course has priority for the field trip date(s) you are scheduling, or that there is no other course that already has priority in the internal climbing lottery for your date(s).

  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the recommended party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip, please contact Anacortes Parks and Rec staff to alert them.
  • As of March 5, 2012 For ALL instructional rock climbing and scrambling groups, including fee-based and free activities and field trips, please contact Anacortes Parks & Recreation staff with your dates 30 days in advance and follow the rules listed below. A message from Anacortes Parks & Rec confirming your date(s) does not reserve the site for you as there will likely be other recreational climbers on the mountain at that time. They ask that all groups do their best to share the mountain. Rules:
    • No more than 50 people per group per day (this includes instructors).
    • Please carpool when driving to the summit to allow for other users.
    • Please inform your climbers of a port-a-potty at the summit (usually March – October).
    • Please pack out all the trash that you bring in. If you can haul out extra trash you may find, that is a great service to the park.
  • USGS Anacortes South
  • Green Trails Deception Pass No. 41S

Upcoming Activities

Pioneers Camping Trip - Mount Erie

Youth Youth activity: Pioneers
Pioneers go car camping at Deception Pass State Park. Activities may include hiking, climbing, beach
Sat, Nov 3, 2018 - Sun, Nov 4, 2018
4 participants 1 instructor 3 chaperones
Registration closes Nov 1
Seattle Branch
Carl Marrs
Qualified Youth Leader

Rock 1 Field Trip - Mount Erie

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Get on rock and practice the basics.
Sat, Apr 6, 2019
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
38 participants
Registration closes Apr 4
Bellingham Branch

Basic Rock 2 Field Trip - Mount Erie

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Basic Rock 2 FT
Sat, Apr 13, 2019
No Prerequisites
18 participants 7 instructors
Registration closes Apr 12
Kitsap Branch
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