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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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  • As often as I've been in this area, I had never been up Mt. Erie. Nice drive; wonderful views. Enjoy!  more »
  • The view from the top is spectacular. You can see Fidalgo Bay and numerous islands. It's a short walk from the car to the viewpoints. But you may want to climb down a little to get better photos of Mt...  more »
  • The views are amazing from up here! I hiked up and walked down. Small pull out by trail 215 started my three mile journey. This is a vertical hike, but worth it. The views are breathtaking. If you dri...  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.