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Little Mountain Park

Approximately nine miles of family friendly trails await you at Little Mountain Park. This destination is ideal for hiking with kids or without, and includes some multi-use trails as well.

Little Mountain Park is close to town with beautiful views of the Skagit Valley from the summit.
Driving Directions:

Exit I-5 in Mount Vernon at exit #226 Kincaid St. Go east up steep hill. Follow the road approx it curves to the left and passes a school on your right. At the first stop sign, go right onto 15th St. Follow just under 1 mile and go left onto Blackburn. Follow Blackburn 1/2 mile as it curves to right. Entrance to park on your right. At the yellow gate, there is a kiosk with a trail map you can view. It's difficult to get lost in this park. There is only one road in and out of Little Mountain Park. Enjoy!

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Little Mountain Park — Feb 04, 2014 — Muledeer
Day hike
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A nice little park under an hour from Everett(traffic cooperating). Mostly trails thru the woods, yo...
A nice little park under an hour from Everett(traffic cooperating). Mostly trails thru the woods, you can still park and hike to the viewpoints that are accessible to cars. We got there before the park officially opens, so the gate was still closed and the road was ours for the walking. I recommend downloading a map from the link in the hiking guide, even though you can't get lost unless you really try, the map helps to plan better. The hiker only trails are more steep, rocky and narrow. Most of the trails are signed very well. We did get on a bit of a goosechase trying to follow the ridgeline trail. We were hoping for views, but it is all woods. Nice place to wander for a little exercise, and views of Baker, and the San Juans from the viewpoints. Posted pictures. Follow the directions in the hiking guide, takes you to the main gate. There is an east entrance if you keep going on the road. Parking is limited at both spots, and there is a loo at the top viewpoint and east entrance.
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Little Mountain Park — Jan 04, 2014 — Chris
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns | Mudholes | Water on trail
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I decided not to waste a beautiful winter day and to take my son out for our first hike of 2014 at ...
I decided not to waste a beautiful winter day and to take my son out for our first hike of 2014 at Little Mountain Park in Mount Vernon. I have never been to this area and found the directions on the WTA website to be entirely accurate. We parked at the top of the mountain and started our hike from there.

My son and I started our hike along the North Viewpoint Trail to enjoy the dramatic views of Mount Baker and the city of Mount Vernon. From there, we doubled back and caught Ginny's Trail and followed it down the mountain to Bonnie and Clyde's Trail. We followed this relatively flat trail to the West Loop and Taylor's Trail. We followed Taylor's Trail to it's terminus on a city street. These are both fairly steep trails and my son had difficulty with some parts of them. We doubled back and returned to the parking area via the very steep Fred's Trail. I figured this is about a three mile hike given the mileage estimates at the kiosk in the parking area. Overall, there were no issues with any of the trails except for some mud and water in places and a few blowdowns to navigate around or under.

I would recommend taking a map of the area with you. Most of the trails are pretty well marked but it is easy to miss some of the trail signs because the are up in the trees a bit. A good map of the area can be found here:
http://mountvernontrailbuil[…]-new-trail-construction.pdf
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Little Mountain Park — May 23, 2013 — nwspirit
Day hike
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Parked at entrance gate and hiked up Huff 'N Puff to viewpoints. Challenging vertical traverse super...
Parked at entrance gate and hiked up Huff 'N Puff to viewpoints. Challenging vertical traverse super slick due to recent rains in the area.

Once at Service Road and Sidewinder trails, no problems encountered. No other hikers on trails and only a few people and cars in parking areas.

Shady canopy all the way up with nice views at the summit.
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Little Mountain Park — Oct 29, 2012 — Jay L
Day hike
Features: Fall foliage
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What can I say, 5 minutes from my house and plenty of trails....

 What can I say, 5 minutes from my house and plenty of trails.
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Fidalgo Head Loop Trail - Washington Park, Little Mountain Park — Jun 30, 2012 — explorerdogs
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming | Ripe berries
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Started out the day by heading up to Anacortes hoping for a break in the weather. Arrived at Wa...
     Started out the day by heading up to Anacortes hoping for a break in the weather. Arrived at Washington Park at about 10 am in the mist and the fog. We tried some of the side trails toward the bluff but the brush was very wet and heavy and the rocks slippery so we ended up making our way back to the paved loop road. Views were virtually non existent due to the fog but this was an enjoyable walk and begs to be revisted.
     After a break for a sweet treat at the donut shop in Anacortes, we headed toward Mount Vernon. I have always wanted to check out Little Mountain Park and seeing as we weren't in a rush to get home we stopped by.
Waited in the car at the summit for about 30 minutes hoping the rain would let up. It never did, so we hopped out and went exploring. Found the North View Point Trail (no view from the view point today) and then headed down the Sidewinder Trail which meanders gently downwards before levelling out. The trail is in good condition and never very steep. It kind of snakes its way down before flattening out. Passed the Huff and Puff trail and decided to leave that for another visit when I need an aerobic workout. It looks like many trails to explore in the park, so next time I will come prepared and print out a map beforehand.
     For a rainy, cool summer Saturday we were able to get out and explore two new areas. We will be back to both of these places again.
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Photo by L. Rainaud
Location
Puget Sound and Islands -- North Sound
City of Mount Vernon
Statistics
Roundtrip 9.0 miles
Highest Point 975 ft
Features
Fall foliage
Mountain views
User info
Good for kids
Dogs allowed on leash
May encounter mountains bikes

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