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).

information for leaders

internal climbing and Scrambling lottery

  • The 2021 Mt. Erie Internal Lottery results are now final. If you are scheduling a course trip here for 2021, please check this 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 lottery for your date(s).
  • The 2022 Mountaineers Internal Lottery results are now final. Please select the Mt Erie tab to view the results for this location. If you are scheduling a course trip here for 2022, please check this spreadsheet before listing your trip to be sure your course has priority for the field trip date(s) you are scheduling and that there is no other course that already has priority.


  • 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.
  • We may have more than on group using Mount Erie per day, but the limit is 50 people (including instructors) per organization per day. Please be sure that when you schedule or update an activity that we remain within these limits.

working with Anacortes parks & recreation

  • 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.
  • Land Manager: Anacortes Parks & Recreation
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 50
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • USGS Anacortes South
  • Green Trails Deception Pass No. 41S
  • see Land Manager

Upcoming Activities

At the Anchor - Basic Skill Check - Mount Erie

Climbing Field trip: Crag Climbing
Check if students have the basic skills to take the course Prepare the students to
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
6 participants 2 instructors
Registration opens Aug 12; Instructor registration open now
Bellingham Branch
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