Sugarloaf, Mount Erie, Deception Pass, and Whidbey Island
My friends and I originally planned on hiking Sugarloaf and Mount Erie, both of which are near Anacortes. On the way to the Sugarloaf trailhead we stopped at a small grocer and picked up a paper map that had all the labeled trails that run over and around the two summits. These trails are unnamed; instead, they are numbered which can be very confusing for those who aren’t familiar with a map or basic navigation!
Let me tell you, Sugarloaf is hard. It could have been a multitude of other reasons, but we all agreed that it was a tough hike and needed to stop quite often to take a break from the incline. There weren’t many switchbacks, and the climb starts off almost immediately after you start. We made it to the top and took a break, and decided we’d drive up to the summit of Mount Erie (which luckily had a paved road to do so) and check out Deception Pass and drive across Whidbey Island to take the Mukilteo Ferry back to the mainland.
Distance: 2.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation: 890ft gain, 1,275ft highest
More Info: WTA - Sugarloaf