This may come as a shock to many, but here in Seattle, it’s been raining. A lot. It’s also been unseasonably cold. When the sun comes out – mostly when I’m at work – the city looks beautiful and I rush to get outside, only to be assaulted by the freezing wind. Eh. Winter. I am over it.
Surprisingly, according to my calendar it is now spring. But according to the local hiking guides most hikes are still closed. There’s still snow up in the mountains and the really beautiful hikes won’t be accessible until June. For now, we must make due with what we have.
Intrigued by the name (Mt. Erie), the five star rating on the WTA website, and the wonderful pictures taken on clear days, I convinced Lena that we should go there. She suggested a couple of other snow free hikes (slim pickings this time of the year), but I was like: five star rating on WTA! Let’s go!!
Well, I am suspicious of these ratings. Was it all friends and family of Mt. Erie? Or the Anacortes chamber of commerce? Because this hike, if you could call it that, was far from five stars.
Don’t let the pictures fool you. Here in the Northwest, you get on a trail, point a camera in front of you and it looks lovely. Because yes, no matter how “bad” the hike, it’s still beautiful and still better than sitting at home watching Netflix or cleaning out your closets.
So here’s what I did not like about this hike: the trail system is very convoluted, so thank goodness for GPS. This isn’t one long trail to the top of the mountain. This is a deceptive web of trails, which, although well-marked, were very confusing. I didn’t like how steep some of the parts were. As in, maybe there shouldn’t have been a trail in certain spots or maybe the trail could’ve been better constructed. The paths were a muddy mess too and both of us slipped and almost fell a few times.
The top of the mountain was a big let down as well. Here you will find a large parking lot and a radio tower.
But yes, this is the Pacific Northwest, remember? Of course, it’s still gorgeous.
To get to Mt. Erie, from Seattle head north on I-5 towards Anacortes. At Exit 230 get on WA-230 and go west. From there on to Campbell Rd, which turns into Heart Lake Rd. The Mt. Erie hike parking lot is off this road. Look for a little turn off on the right hand side.
4.0 hiking miles, 1130 ft of elevation
YTD Hiking Miles: 10