Five miles south of downtown Anacortes, 1,270-foot Mt. Erie is the tallest "mountain" on Fidalgo Island. The steep and winding road leads 1.5 miles to a partially wooded summit, where four short trails lead to dizzying views of the Olympics, Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, and Puget Sound.
Don't miss the two lower overlooks, located a quarter mile downhill from the summit.
Getting to Mt. Erie
Get to Mt. Erie by following Heart Lake Road south from town, past Heart Lake to the signed turnoff at Mount Erie Road. Trails lead from various points along Mount Erie Road into other parts of Anacortes Community Forest Lands.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition