Anacortes, on Fidalgo Island, is home to a number of incredible all-season hiking trails. We’ve chosen to link some of the best loved trails to user-submitted hiking guides listed on the Washington Trail Association‘s website.
CAP SANTE PARK
(1000 W Avenue at 4th St. along W Ave.)
Primarily a vista point, this 37 acre forested promontory affords an excellent view of the the marina, the City of Anacortes, March Point, Fidalgo Bay, Mt Baker and the Cascades. Click here to read the WTA’s hiking guide for Cap Sante Park.
CRANBERRY LAKE AREA
(off Georgia Ave at Cranberry Lake Road)
This site, found near the city center, is heavily forested and contains Cranberry Lake (approximately 27 acres) and several other small lakes and bogs. The site varies in terrain from flat to steep slopes. An extensive trail system is found in this area. Click here to read the WTA’s hiking guide for Little Cranberry Lake, within the Anacortes Community Forestlands.
HEART LAKE AREA
(off Campbell Lake Road, onto Heart Lake Road)
Formerly a state park, Heart Lake was transferred to the City in 2002, and incorporated into the Anacortes Community Forestlands. The trails here welcome hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers, so be sure to share the trail and keep your eyes open (there are some specifically for hikers only). Click here to read the WTA’s hiking guide for Heart Lake.
WHISTLE LAKE AREA
(off Spradley Road, onto Whistle Lake Road & then to Whistle Lake Terrace)
A very popular place on hot summer days, the Whistle Lake Area is beautiful in every season. There are freshwater swamps, meadows with views, Pacific Madrone trees, native flowers and berries, and lots of bird watching opportunities. Click here to read the WTA’s hiking guide for Whistle Lake, within the Anacortes Community Forestlands.
DECEPTION PASS STATE PARK
A 4,134 acre marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three different lakes. Breathtaking views, old growth forests, and abundant wildlife can be seen all over the park. Click here to read the WTA’s hiking guide for Deception Pass State Park, and click here for the Rosario Headlands & Lighthouse Point hiking guide. Kukutali Preserve, also part of Deception Pass State Park, is jointly owned and managed by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, and Washington State Parks. Open for day use only – click here to read the WTA’s hiking guide for the Kukutali Preserve.
MOUNT ERIE PARK
(Ray Auld Drive and Heart Lake Road – South of Anacortes, off Heart Lake Road)
Mt. Erie is a 160 acre Park. At the top of Mt. Erie, elevation 1,270 ft, choose from four viewing areas and be rewarded with spectacular views in every direction. Mt. Erie is, the highest point of Fidalgo Island and is part of the former Anacortes watershed. There is a small parking area and a road to the top of Mt. Erie. Trails from this area lead into a portion of the 1400 plus acres of the Anacortes Forest Lands. Click here to read the WTA’s hiking guide for Mount Erie, part of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands – plus, click here for more information about the Pine Ridge Loop. If you’d like to combine Mount Erie with Sugarloaf, you can create a great elevation-rich hike of almost 5 miles round trip. Click here to read the WTA’s hiking guide for Sugarloaf.
TOMMY THOMPSON PARKWAY
(Trailheads at 22nd Street and R Avenue, Fidalgo Bay R.V. Park and 30th & U Ave.)
There are approximately 3.3 miles of paved trail for pedestrians and bicyclists between 11th Street and across the train trestle to March Point Road. A breakdown of the mileage is 11th St. to 22nd St. is 0.6 miles, 22nd St. to 34th St. is 0.7 miles, 34th St. to RV Park is 1.0 miles, RV Park to trestle is 0.6 miles and across the trestle is 0.4 miles for a total of 3.3 miles. Click here to read the WTA’s hiking guide for the Tommy Thompson Trail.
(6300 Sunset Avenue – the West end of Anacortes at Sunset Beach)
This site is located at the very west end of the city on Rosario Strait and contains a wide variety of facilities. The site is divided into two basic parts: a day use area consisting of a boat launch, picnic shelters, restrooms, children’s play equipment and open play area. Overnight camping area consisting of 68 campsites for RVs and tents, with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Only about 41 of the 200 acres are developed but a 2.3 mile paved road runs through the entire park for use by cars, joggers, bicyclists and walkers. For information about any park amenities, please call 360-293-1918. Click here to read the WTA’s hiking guide for the Fidalgo Head Loop Trail, in Washington Park.
SHARPE PARK & MONTGOMERY-DUBAN HEADLANDS PARK
(14692 Rosario Road)
A 110-acre Skagit County Park with the largest remaining undeveloped waterfront on Fidalgo Island near Anacortes. Highlights include a freshwater beaver pond and the stunning views of Rosario Strait. A short 3/4-mile walk through old growth firs, madronas, and lichen- shrouded trees takes you to sweeping views of north Puget Sound. Kids will enjoy walking first along the trail by a large pond filled with widgeons, mallards, cattails, and red-winged blackbirds. Click here to read the WTA’s hiking guide for the Sharpe Park & Montogomery-Duban Headlands Park.