All Ages Hikes

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Jul
18
5:00 PM17:00

Animals of the Evening Hike

This hike is about 1.8 miles roundtrip with approximately 175 feet of elevation gain. July brings forth a multitude of berries, deep green growth, and long summer days. There is no better place to be in the middle of summer than enjoying our wooded sanctuary! Let’s spend some time near the end of the day learning about the animals that delight in the evenings around Little Cranberry Lake. Meet at the water tower on 29th Ave.

This hike is for humans of all ages. Please leave your pets at home.

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Aug
10
10:00 AM10:00

Wetland Wonders Walk

This walk is about 2 miles roundtrip with approximately 25 feet of elevation gain.

What has our wetland done for us lately? Wetlands are special ecosystems that help improve the quality of our entire forest lands. Let’s walk along the 32nd street swamp and Big Beaver Pond and see the kidneys of the forest firsthand. Meet at the ACFL kiosk on “A” Avenue and 37th St.

This hike is for humans of all ages. Please leave your pets at home.

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May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Sugarloaf Flowers with Mom Hike

This hike is approximately 2 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 500 feet.

This is the ultimate wildflower walk of the year. From blue camas lily to red Indian paintbrush, what a way to enjoy the celebration of the return of spring! The views from the summit are not to be missed. In honor of Mother’s Day we will have a photographer on hand to capture family photos at this beautiful location.

Meet at the Ray Auld Drive parking lot at the base of Mt. Erie.

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Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Little Cranberry Ridge Spring Celebration Hike

This hike is about 2.5 miles roundtrip with about 275 feet of elevation gain.

Meet at the Cranberry Lake parking lot on the north end of the lake for our circumnavigation of Cranberry Lake. We will trek along the ridges to the east and west of the lake and observe the fresh understory growth on the land marked by the 2016 18-acre fire. Kids: Bring your observation tools (hands, eyes, ears, and nose) to help you find the signs of spring with our forest scavenger hunt!

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Heart Lake Stewardship Hike
Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Heart Lake Stewardship Hike

This hike is about 1.5 miles with approximately 140 feet of elevation gain.

Join us as we take a hike to take care of our forest lands in conjunction with Anacortes High School Activist Student Union’s event ‘Fidalgo for our Future.’ We will begin with a short hike, followed by a litter pick up southbound along Heart Lake Road, and finish with a short loop through the Whistle Lake corridor to make our way back to Heart Lake parking lot. Please join us at Anacortes High School both before and after the hike for the event (optional). For more information about the Fidalgo for the Future event please visit the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/793023477710879/

Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot off of Heart Lake road.

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Mar
15
10:00 AM10:00

Special Hike with Ranger Dave: Changing Trees

Have you noticed any changes to our trees the past few summers? Take a walk with Ranger Dave to explore and examine trees dying in the ACFL, presumed to be caused by the last 4 years of drought-like conditions specifically here on Fidalgo Island, a rain shadow area of the Pacific NW. Dave will take you on a journey, pointing out subtle to dramatic changes that have occurred in the past few years to our resident trees and understory. Dave, who is also a Certified Arborist with a B.S. in Natural Resources Management, will present some technical observations from an arboricultural point of view. Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot off Whistle Lake Road. Be sure to dress warmly and have a good pair of hiking boots. A camera may be an item to bring along as well. Hope to see you there!

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Feb
22
10:00 AM10:00

RESCHEDULED: Special Hike with Ranger Dave: Changing Trees

THIS HIKE HAS BEEN CANCELLED and will be rescheduled for another date in the near future. This trail still has lots of ice, snow, and fallen branches, making it difficult to point out these changes to trees. Please stay tuned for the new date and time of this event. Thanks for your understanding!

Have you noticed any changes to our trees the past few summers? Take a walk with Ranger Dave to explore and examine trees dying in the ACFL, presumed to be caused by the last 4 years of drought-like conditions specifically here on Fidalgo Island, a rain shadow area of the Pacific NW. Dave will take you on a journey, pointing out subtle to dramatic changes that have occurred in the past few years to our resident trees and understory. Dave, who is also a Certified Arborist with a B.S. in Natural Resources Management, will present some technical observations from an arboricultural point of view. Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot off Whistle Lake Road. Be sure to dress warmly and have a good pair of hiking boots. A camera may be an item to bring along as well. Hope to see you there!

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Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Sugarloaf Mountain for all ages

Experience the golden glow of Sugarloaf Mountain in October. We will hike from the dark woods at the base to the stunning summit view, enjoying every stretch in between. 

Meet at the trailhead on Ray Auld Drive at the bottom of Mount Erie just off of Heart Lake Road. 

Directions to the base of Mount Erie
From Commercial Ave in Anacortes -  Head west on 32nd St.  Turn left on H Ave.  H Ave eventually turns into Heart Lake Rd.  Continue south on Heart Lake Rd approximately 1.6 miles.  Ray Auld Drive will be on your left.  Park anywhere along Ray Auld Drive near the trailhead kiosk.

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Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

Erie View Trail Hike for all ages

This is a trail of wonders, twisting and turning through prime wetland wildlife corridor all the way to a hidden meadow. Our most recent forest acquisition of 40 contiguous acres is in this area. The views of Lake Erie and Mount Erie are a rare treat. This hike is approximately 2.8 miles.

Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. 

Directions to the base of Mount Erie
From Commercial Ave in Anacortes -  Head west on 32nd St.  Turn left on H Ave.  H Ave eventually turns into Heart Lake Rd.  Continue south on Heart Lake Rd approximately 1.6 miles.  Ray Auld Drive will be on your left.  Park anywhere along Ray Auld Drive near the trailhead kiosk.

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Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Mitten Pond Loop Hike for all ages

Summer isn’t over yet! The cool smell of water floats up the path as we near Mitten Pond. Whirligig beetles spin shining patterns in the glowing green duckweed. Dragonflies drift and zoom around us. Enjoy this wide path 2.4mile hike through the best of beaver pond territory.

Meet at the ACFL kiosk on A Ave. and 37th.

Directions to Old City Dump  (Little Cranberry corridor)
From Commercial Avenue in Anacortes -  Head west on 32nd St.  Take a left on D Ave, which turns into A avenue and later Havekost road.  The old city dump parking area and kiosk will be on your right at 37th and A Ave.

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Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

All around Heart Hike for all ages

There is no better place to be in the middle of summer than in the middle of our woods. Get to know the heart of the forest on this wonderful 2.7mile journey all the way around Heart Lake. Lush deciduous areas flow into an amazing old growth grove. 

Meet at the Heart Lake Parking lot. 

Directions to Heart Lake parking lot
From Commercial Avenue in Anacortes - Head west on 32nd St.  Turn left on H Ave.  H Ave eventually turns into Heart Lake Rd.  Continue south on Heart Lake Rd approximately 1 mile.  The Heart Lake parking lot will be on your right.  Park near the trailhead kiosk.

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Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

All Around Whistle Lake Hike for all ages

We will fully explore the trails all the way around the Whistle Lake region of our woods. The route is just over 3 miles with some good hills.

Meet at the Whistle Lake Parking Lot.

Driving Directions to Whistle Lake
Coming into Anacortes from Highway 20 - Head west on WA Route 20 and continue on Route 20 Spur W. Turn left onto Commercial Avenue at a traffic circle, go past The Store Grocery until Commercial comes to a T, turn left at Fidalgo Ave.  Follow Fidalgo Ave. and take a left in front of St. Mary’s church, curve right on Hillcrest Dr. follow Hillcrest by Grandview Cemetery, turn right onto Whistle Lake Rd, go past Dow lane, road curves left and goes down a hill, then curves right and becomes gravel, go right at next turn and follow road to parking lot. You will see signs to Whistle Lake.

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May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Little Cranberry Lake Loop Hike for all ages

The August 2016 18-acre fire on the east side of Little Cranberry Lake dramatically altered a large area of forest terrain. As we hike all of the way around on shore trail, we will take note of the regrowth in the fire zone and see how this lake basin provides diverse habitat for hundreds of native plants and animals. Will we see river otter? Raven? Red-legged frog?  Wildflowers guaranteed. Meet at the Little Cranberry Lake parking lot on the North end of the lake. (Take Georgia south off of Oakes Ave.- 3 blocks up take a right on Little Cranberry road and follow gravel to parking lot.)

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May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Sugarloaf Wildflowers Hike for all ages

This is the ultimate wildflower hike of the year. We will savor the climb through alternating forest and rocky bald meadow, learning each flower as we go. From blue camas lily to red Indian paintbrush, come and see the bounty of color this little mountain has to offer. The views from the summit are not to be missed. Meet at the Southern trailhead halfway up the Mount Erie view road. The trip up and back is one mile, and quite steep and rocky in places.

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Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Whistle Lake Hike for all ages


Early April is a magical time in the forest, cool and bright with emerging spring. Enjoy the brilliant yellow glow of skunk cabbage, and magenta lights of salmonberry bloom. We will explore the terrain around this deep water, as we are inspired too!

Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot.

Driving Directions to Whistle Lake
Coming into Anacortes from Highway 20 - Head west on WA Route 20 and continue on Route 20 Spur W. Turn left onto Commercial Avenue at a traffic circle, go past The Store Grocery until Commercial comes to a T, turn left at Fidalgo Ave.  Follow Fidalgo Ave. and take a left in front of St. Mary’s church, curve right on Hillcrest Dr. follow Hillcrest by Grandview Cemetery, turn right onto Whistle Lake Rd, go past Dow lane, road curves left and goes down a hill, then curves right and becomes gravel, go right at next turn and follow road to parking lot. You will see signs to Whistle Lake.

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Aug
12
10:00 AM10:00

Mitten Pond Loop Hike

Summer isn’t over yet! The cool smell of water floats up the path as we near Mitten Pond. Whirligig beetles spin shining patterns in the glowing green duckweed. Dragonflies drift and zoom around us. Enjoy this wide path 2.4 mile hike through the best of beaver pond territory. Meet at the ACFL kiosk on A Ave. and 37th.

 

Directions to Old City Dump

 From Commercial Ave, head west on 32nd St.  Take a left on D Ave, which turns into A avenue and later Havekost road.  The old city dump parking area and kiosk will be on your right at 37th and A Ave.

 

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Jul
29
10:00 AM10:00

Erie View Trail Hike

This is a trail of wonders, twisting and turning through prime wetland wildlife corridor all the way to a hidden meadow. Our most recent forest acquisition of 40 contiguous acres is in this area. The views of Lake Erie and Mount Erie are a rare treat. This hike is approximately 2.8 miles. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. 

Directions to the base of Mount Erie:

From Commercial Ave, head west on 32nd St.  Turn left on H Ave.  H Ave eventually turns into Heart Lake Rd.  Continue south on Heart Lake Rd approximately 1.6 miles.  Ray Auld Drive will be on your left.  Park anywhere along Ray Auld Drive near the trailhead kiosk.

 

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Jul
8
10:00 AM10:00

All Around Heart Lake Hike

All around Heart
Saturday, July 8th
10am until after noon
There is no better place to be in the middle of summer than in the middle of our woods. Get to know the heart of the forest on this wonderful 2.7 mile journey all the way around Heart Lake. Lush deciduous areas flow into an amazing old growth grove. Meet at the Heart Lake Parking lot. 

Directions to Heart Lake parking lot
From Commercial Avenue in Anacortes - Head west on 32nd St.  Turn left on H Ave.  H Ave eventually turns into Heart Lake Rd.  Continue south on Heart Lake Rd approximately 1 mile.  The Heart Lake parking lot will be on your right.

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Jun
24
10:00 AM10:00

All Around Whistle Lake Hike

 

Revel in the longest daylight of the year on our near summer solstice hike. We will fully explore the trails all the way around the Whistle Lake region of our woods. The route is just over 3 miles with some good hills. Meet at the Whistle Lake Parking Lot.

 

Driving Directions to Whistle Lake:
Head west on WA Route 20 and continue on Route 20 Spur W. Turn left onto Commercial Avenue at a traffic circle, go past The Store Grocery until Commercial comes to a T, turn left at Fidalgo Ave.  Follow Fidalgo Ave. and take a left in front of St. Mary’s church, curve right on Hillcrest Dr. follow Hillcrest by Grandview Cemetery, turn right onto Whistle Lake Rd, go past Dow lane, road curves left and goes down a hill, then curves right and becomes gravel, go right at next turn and follow road to parking lot. You will see signs to Whistle lake.

 

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Jun
3
10:00 AM10:00

Little Cranberry Lake Loop Hike

The August 2016 18-acre fire on the east side of Little Cranberry Lake damaged trails and created dangerous conditions in the fire zone. The upper meadow trail (103) is scheduled to be open by this date. We will hike most of the way around on shore trail, then elevate to upper meadow through fire zone for the eastside stretch. Rocky meadows, bog islands, and deep forest converge in this basin to create habitat for hundreds of native plants and animals. Will we see river otter? Raven? Red-legged frog? Banana slug sightings guaranteed. Meet at the Little Cranberry Lake parking lot on the North end of the lake.

 

Directions to Little Cranberry Parking Lot

Go west on Oakes Avenue. Take a left on Georgia Avenue. Going south, follow Georgia to a gravel road that leads to the Little Cranberry parking lot. 

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May
20
10:00 AM10:00

Westside Exploration Hike

Take a two-mile walk on the wild Westside! Calling all Skyline folk and anyone else that wants to know more about this great part of the woods. We will climb the watertower road and enter the forest from the west, exploring a network of Beaver Ponds that flow into Little Cranberry Lake. Meet at the intersection of Clyde Way and Cedar Glen Way.

 

Directions to Clyde Way/Cedar Glen Way in Skyline

Go West on Oakes Avenue. Stay left when you get to the Washington State Ferry Terminal Road. Take a left on Anaco Beach Road. Take a left on Bryce Drive and then take a right on Clyde Way. Clyde Way will run into Cedar Glen Way. 

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May
6
10:00 AM10:00

Sugarloaf Wildflower Hike

This is the ultimate wildflower hike of the year. We will savor the climb through alternating forest and rocky bald meadow, learning each flower as we go. From blue camus lily to red Indian paintbrush, come and see the bounty of color this little mountain has to offer. The views from the summit are not to be missed. Meet at the Southern trailhead halfway up the Mount Erie view road. The trip up and back is one mile, and quite steep and scrambly in places.

Directions to trailhead on Mt. Erie Drive

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