Lakes along the Puget Sound

Anacortes from Mt. Erie

Little is known about the little gem of a viewpoint that is Mt. Erie. I only discovered it by accident as I am slowly discovering and exploring Washington. The not so tall mountain sits at a mere 1,273 ft but it is the tallest peak in the Fidalgo Islands and offers the best views in the area.

There’s a hiking trail that starts from the base and meanders all the way to the summit, but you can simply drive all the way up the summit – which is what we did. The mountain itself is covered in a thick forest so I could imagine there wouldn’t be any views until you get to the very top. On a clear day, you can see Mt. Baker as well as Mt. Rainier and the Cascades.

Anacortes from Mt. Erie

Anacortes From Mount Eerie

There are a few options for awesome views as you get closer to the top but the best views are at the very end towards the antenna tower. There are various landmarks in the area with notable stories. You can easily miss a side trip to Mt. Erie if you’re just out to take the Anacortes Ferry and lack the motivation to explore. Even if you’re just headed out to Deception Pass, which is a popular destination, you should make a quick stop at Mt. Erie to enjoy the grand views.


There is no doubt that the views on top of Mt. Erie is the best in the Fidalgo Island. You get a sweeping panorama of the North Cascades with Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier in the backdrop. Photographers can have a field day on this spot for sunset and sunrise photos.


Mt. Erie rises up 1,273 ft from sea level near the city of Anacortes, which is about 80 miles north of Seattle. To get to the peak from I-5, take Exit 230 towards Highway 20 and then head west for 10 miles, then turn left to stay on Highway 20 which takes you towards the City of Anacortes.

Anacortes from Mt. Erie

Aerial view of Anacortes

Turn right toward Campbell Lake Road and drive along the lake. There’s a signpost that points you towards the right direction and when you see the Mount Erie Grocery Store make a right at the road.


There are a few hiking trails in the area which you can do together with a hike to the peak of Mt. Erie from Sugarloaf or Whistle Lake.

ExposureManual exposure, Multiple, ISO 100
CameraSony A7II
LensSony FE 24-240mm
LocationAnacortes, Washington