CHS Alumni Hike - Heart & Whistle Lakes

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series Alumni

CHS Alumni Hike - Heart & Whistle Lakes

Loop hike through the Anacortes Community Forest Lands past pretty Whistle Lake to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain, then around the west side of Heart Lake. This hike is very tentative because of social distancing guidelines in flux.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,150 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 950 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0 mph

Likely 8:30am at "The Store" at 37th & Commercial in Anacortes, then convoy to trailhead (cell coverage typically very poor at Heart Lake) Pit toilets at Heart Lake parking lot.

Waiting for news from Olympia and The Mountaineers on guidelines for group hikes. Currently, Anacortes is limiting trailhead parking to ten vehicles. If allowed, expect to maintain distancing of six to twelve feet from other group members. Bring a face covering and gloves for situations that may require it. I'll provide a listing of Anacortes take out locations for after the hike. No carpooling except for immediate household. We may test some hand signaling to facilitate distancing.
Could be cancelled as late as the 4th, if current guidelines continue.


Mount Erie, Sugerloaf, Heart Lake & Whistle Lake

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Map
  2. Compass
  3. Sunglasses and sunscreen
  4. Extra clothing
  5. Headlamp or flashlight
  6. First-aid supplies
  7. Firestarter
  8. Matches
  9. Knife
  10. Extra food
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