Sunday, July 14, 2013

No. 203 Mount Erie, Anacortes

Mount Erie
Heart Lake Road / Ray Auld Dr
Anacortes, WA

Mount Erie View POI

Mt. Erie View Point  is on the highest mountain of Fidalgo Island in Skagit County. The 160 acre park is operated by the Anacortes Community Forest Lands and offers various adventure activities such as multiple rock face ascents, trails and a number of hill top viewing areas. At the intersection of Heart Lake Road and Ray Auld Dr. there is a parking area and trail heads that meander through the forest. Located at the south end of the parking lot is Erie Mountain Dr, a 1.5 mile one lane paved road that you can either hike, bike or drive to the main viewing areas. The drive takes about 10 minutes as it zig zags its way up 800 feet in elevation to the top.
The end of Erie Mountain Drive is at around 1200 feet and has multiple viewing areas that looks east, west, and south all are just a few minute walk from the parking lot. The south face of MT. Erie is a popular rock climbing location with its exposed rock face that extends 900 feet vertically down to Lake Campbell.

Mount Erie Overlook, Anactores Washington
Looking East towards Padilla Bay and Burlington, WA
Mount Erie Overlook, Anactores Washington
Looking South over Lake Campbell

Mount Erie Overlook, Anactores Washington
Lake Campbell, Deception Pass, Naval Air station Whidbey, and Whidbey Island

Mount Erie Overlook, Anactores Washington
Overlook Forest Trail

Mount Erie Overlook, Anactores Washington
Burrows Bay, Allen Island, Lopez Island

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