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Mt 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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  • You drive up to about 1200 feet elevation and a short hike later you have the most spectacular views. Be careful of the ledges and cliffs obviously if you have pets keep them on the leash and small ch...  more »
  • panoramic views from the top. good for any level of fitness. if you are looking for an easy activity with a big reward i highly recommend this. lots of hiking trails there but we did not explore them....  more »
  • Mt Erie Park was breathtaking! You drive up the mountain taking several switch backs on your way to the top. Once you reach the summit the views are awesome. You can see Whidbey Island and Anacortes. ...  more »
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  • The road takes you all the way up to this 360° view of the mountains. There are hiking trails for the more adventurous.
  • Started hiking from the bottom! Did a round trip hike! Awesome day! 8.5 miles
  • The amazing views make the narrow winding road up to the top well worth the trip and make this a MUST see destination when visiting Fidalgo Island!
  • Nice views, looked like rock climbing would be fun.
  • About the only bad thing about this place is the road going up... On the turns watch out and hope you don't meet any thing bigger than a Miata. Great views. Nice trails. And if you are into it, rock climbing.

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