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 finding 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 drive all the way up the peak – 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 bright day, you can see Mt. Baker as well as Mt. Rainier and the Cascades.
There are a few options for impressive views as you get closer to the top, but the best pictures are at the very end towards the antenna tower. There are various landmarks in the area with essential 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 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.
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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.
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