Apr 16, 2011
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Sugarloaf
- Region: Puget Sound and Islands -- North Sound
- Agency: City of Anacortes Parks and Recreation
- Avg Rating: 2.40
- Be Aware Of
We took Campbell Lake Road to Heart Lake Road and parked at the main lot which is where the road up to the top of Mt. Erie starts. You can drive all the way up to the top of Mt. Erie on paved road. We chose instead to hike from the parking lot up to the top of Sugarloaf mountain. It has elevation gain of only 500 ft. Trail 215 is clear and dry and climbs right up with no dilly dallying.
The top of Sugarloaf is charming. A large open space of moss covered boulders, stately trees, and views over Anacortes and the Sound. Mt. Erie next door is 750 feet gain and a favorite of technical rock climbers. There are many trails up the back side but we did not think the views were any better than Sugarloaf. Trail 230 in the valley took us to Whistle Lake. It is muddy. The lake is unimpressive. The trails here are open to hikers, horses, and mountain bikes and the road/trails are open to motor bikes as well.
This area deserves a lot more exploration.