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Guemes Mountain

Puget Sound and Islands

Location

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands
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Length

2.4 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 688 ft.

Rating

3.80 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2016
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

WTA and Skagit Land Trust collaborated to create this new trail to the top of Guemes Mountain on Guemes Island. The 1.2 -mile trail leads to an incredible viewpoint overlooking nearby islands and ocean straits, the Skagit River delta, and the volcanoes and jagged spires of the North Cascades.

The Guemes Mountain Conservation Area was protected by an unprecedented partnership between Skagit Land Trust, San Juan Preservation Trust, and the residents of Guemes Island. Guemes Mountain is the highest point on Guemes Island and features stunning views of the San Juan Islands, Mount Baker, the North Cascades, and the Skagit flats.

The mountain features a unique prairie habitat with a wide variety of flowering flora, small areas of wetlands and maturing forest. The 70-acre Guemes Mountain Conservation Area is at the center of a larger 534-acre area of protected private and public lands. The protection of Guemes Mountain has ensured that this scenic location is maintained in a natural state for the public to enjoy.

The hike begins on a trail easement, then winds through forest before connecting to Skagit Land Trust property. It climbs gradually through the woods to the top of Guemes Mountain.

In late spring you are treated to wild roses and dozens of other little blooms along the rocky top. On a clear summer day you can see not only the surrounding islands but all the way to Canada's peaks. And in the fall you will be treated to autumn colors that speckle the lands below.

Do note that this is a day hiking site only. Camping, fires, motorized vehicles, bikes and horses are not allowed.

 

Guemes Mountain

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.5445, -122.5945 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

Skagit Land Trust

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Guidebooks & Maps

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Getting There

From Seattle to Ferry Dock: Take I-5 north approximately 64 miles. Take exit 230 for WA-20 toward Burlington/Anacortes/Skagit Airport. Turn left (west) on WA-20 towards Anacortes. Follow WA-20 west for 11.7 miles. Continue straight on WA-20 West Spur for 2.7 miles and enter Anacortes (do not turn left towards Deception Pass/ Oak Harbor). Turn right on Commercial Ave. and travel 1.3 miles. Turn left on 12th St. and travel 0.5 miles. Turn right at I Ave. and travel 0.4 miles to the Guemes Island Ferry.

Drive straight off ferry on to Guemes Island Road for 1.5 miles. Turn right on Edens Road (this is the corner of Schoolhouse Park). Drive Edens Road for 1.5 miles. On the left side of the road you will see a gravel lot that holds about four cars.

Ferry info at: https://www.skagitcounty.net/departments/publicworksferry

Courtesy bikes may also be borrowed to get to the trailhead. More info at: http://www.skagitlandtrust.org/properties/guemes.aspx

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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