Mount Erie Park, Anacortes

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Mount Erie is a mountain in Skagit County, Washington. The park land is owned and operated by the city of Anacortes and is located in the south of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands.Mount Erie was named in 1841 by the Wilkes Expedition for the Battle of Lake Erie.The mountain itself was first explored in the 1960s by local climbers, including Dallas Kloke. The mountain is known for its climbing as well as the view from the summit. Mount Erie is a city park operated by the City of Anacortes and the summit is accessible via a single-lane, paved road from the base. At 1,273 feet (388 meters) tall, Mount Erie is the highest point on Fidalgo Island. Mount Baker, which lies about 43 miles to the northeast, can easily be seen from Mount Erie. On a clear day, Mount Rainier can be seen in the southeast, approximately 117 miles distant.The mountain is composed mostly of feldspar and hornblende rich diorite.The band Mount Eerie, known as The Microphones before 2004, is named after this northwestern location. Principal member singer/songwriter Phil Elverum grew up in the area.GeologyLocated near the Fidalgo Complex in the San Juan Islands of Washington Mt. Erie has a unique and somewhat puzzling composition. Mt. Erie is thought to have been formed during the Jurassic period (155-170 Ma.) by invasive volcanic flows creating batholithic masses of diorite, which also helped to create the island arcs associated with the San Juan Islands. By the end of the late Jurassic period the area experienced uplift and erosion and was subjected to intense folding and faulting. At this point most of the deposited Paleozoic and Mesozoic sediments had been eroded away exposing the plutons of diorite, which is the primary igneous rock found on Mt Erie.
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  • Been hiking the Mt Erie trails for years. Beautiful NW forest and good workout with the trails which involves light climbing.. Lots of rock climbers also come from all around to clime the rock faces. ...  more »
  • This park has wonderful hiking and riding (horse and bike) trails with views of the surrounding area possible from rocky outcroppings. If you want to drive to the top of the mountain, you can skip the...  more »
  • My 15 yr old found this online and insisted we go. It was a bit of a winding drive up the mountain but totally worth it. Even the 15 yr old and 20yr old were awed. The views were amazing and we may go...  more »
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  • Absolutely beautiful spot. Lots of rocky climbing parts that are fun for kids and super easy walk up. But — please watch young children very closely as there’re shape drop-offs all around. Highly recommend!
  • Nice place to visit it's nice to go all the way up to the top when it's not windy or rainy when it's nice or not foggy you can have a picnic lunch up there it's pretty neat you can rock climb you can go on trails there's a lot of neat things up there that you can do that's if you're not scared of heights
  • Views are simply incredible on a clear day. Worth the drive up even on cloudy days. Never seems crowded and so few seem to know it's ten minutes off of main road.
  • Awesome views, somewhat impeded by the trees that have grown up. It was pretty crowded on a Sunday afternoon with people flying drones and driving R/C trucks on the rocks. Also, watch the potholes where you turn off the main road, they can eat small cars
  • Amazing views! Very windy!
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