Hike to Mount Erie & Sugarloaf via Whistle Lake

Saturday 5/04/19
This journey through the Anacortes Community Forest Lands is special for the variety of views and terrain that we’ll pass through on an approximately 7.5 mile hike that will take us up 1000 feet in elevation. We’ll make stops at both Sugarloaf and Mt Erie to soak up some sun (always optimistic) while enjoying views of the Sound. There are challenging sections of the trail near the top of Erie, most the trail is well maintained and clean. Lets meet at REI at 8am to carpool with another stop at Chuckanut Park and Ride for more ‘poolers. We’ll likely stop at one of Anacortes’ breweries at the end of the day to refresh and share stories. Questions call Michael at 708.302.9177 or ​mikesdavis@outlook.com​. I will share the location of the Whistle Lake parking area to anyone who wants to drive directly to the trailhead.

– Michael Davis

Lake 22 Hike

Saturday June 6

Lake 22 is a 6 mile round trip hike on a rainforest trail our club has hiked before, we’ve had lots of snow and rain on this one in the past. We’ll climb 1350 feet in elevation, and once we get to the lake the goal is to walk around it, eating lunch along the way. This trail is mildly challenging for the elevation gain and the large amounts of water that was the trail down the the rocks so we’ll keep a moderate pace. Meet at REI for carpools at 8am, then meet again at Chuckanut Park and Ride, exit 231, at 8:30am, to join up with Skagit club member carpools. Bring a lunch and water, shoes that are waterproof are important as well as raingear. Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the trailhead. Folks interested will stop at the Conway Pub and Eatery on our way back home at the end of our day.

Questions call Michael Davis at 708.302.9177 or mikesdavis@outlook.com.

Hike to Oyster Dome

Thirteen two-footed hikers and one four-footed outdoor enthusiast spent an enjoyable time in amazingly warm weather to walk from Samish Overlook to Oyster Dome and then back via Max’s Shortcut, somewhere between 5 and 6 miles round trip. The views could not have been better; we could see the Olympics and Canadian mountains as well as the San Juan Islands. You should have been there!


Laura’s Birthday Escapade!

Sunday October 7- Laura’s Birthday Escapade!

(Gifts welcome, but not mandatory for participation 😉

Let’s hike to a ghost town!  This hike is for all ability levels – little elevation gain, walking on an old railbed and only one funky stream crossing over a log. In addition to some wonderful old buildings and a railway turntable, enjoy stunning views above the town.  Hike is an 8 mile round trip with ending elevation at 2800 feet but a gain of only 700. 

Read more about the history of the area here: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/monte-cristo-143

We will carpool from the REI parking lot.  Meet at 7:45 to be on the road by 8 a.m.  Drive takes approximately an hour and 45 minutes from REI to the trailhead.  Plan to give your driver $5-10.  From Granite Falls follow the Mountain Loop Highway east for 31 miles to Barlow Pass and park there (elev. 2360 ft).