June Hikes: 3.5 to 6 miles, 400 to 1,500 feet gain

Field trip: GoHike: Beginner Hiking Course

June Hikes: 3.5 to 6 miles, 400 to 1,500 feet gain - Mount Erie, Sugerloaf, Heart Lake & Whistle Lake

This hike may count toward your monthly required GoHike course June hike.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
  • Pace: 1.75-2 mph

Please arrive early and be ready to go at 7:30 am at the trail head. It is early but this is a popular trail with limited parking and it does fill up.  More details for carpool/caravan in the hello hiker. 

Directions to trailhead: There is more than one way to get to the trailhead. This is the one advised by Washington Trail Association. From I-5, take Exit 230 for Highway 20 and head west for 10 miles, then use the roundabout to stay on Highway 20, traveling south toward Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor and Deception Pass State Park. Traveling west through the roundabout on the Highway 20 Spur takes you into the City of Anacortes.
Turn right onto Campbell Lake Road and drive about one and a half miles along the lake. Turn right onto Heart Lake Road--note that the sign for this turn can be hard to read, so look for the Mt Erie Grocery and take the road to the right of the store. Less than a mile from the grocery store, turn right into the parking lot.

 

Our hike will be an out and back hike, about 5 miles long with 1,000 feet of gain. We expect that we will travel loosely as a group, with a pace of about 1.75 but it could be 2.0 and will depend on the group. We will hike with a few stops on the way up and down but will plan to be at the summit for a bit so that you can check out the overlooks and views, take pictures, visit the restroom and enjoy a snack if you like. Depending on our pace we estimate about 4 hours on the trail. Please arrive early and be ready to go at 7:30 am. It is early but this is a popular trail with limited parking and it does fill up. Carpooling helps reduce trailhead crowding. Good news, they have installed a new rustic toilet (port-a-potty-like) at the trailhead. No permits are needed here. 

We will bring maps. We intend to use the map as we go to introduce using a map to navigate on the trail. This trail system uses numbers instead of trail names and our route is made up of several different numbered trail segments. At some intersections there are signs but in most cases you are looking for numbers posted on trees. We think that this will be a fun activity and help you be prepared for when you plan your own hikes.

Route/Place

Mount Erie, Sugerloaf, Heart Lake & Whistle Lake


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Required Equipment

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Your leader will be sending out a Hello Hiker email in advance of the hike with details about the hike and gear.

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