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Guemes Mountain

Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands
48.5445, -122.5945 Map & Directions
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
550 feet
Highest Point
688 feet
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The view of the water from atop Guemes Mountain. Photo by dannyfratella. Full-size image
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Good for kids
  • Coast

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A collaboration between Skagit Land Trust and Washington Trails Association created this 1.2-mile trail up Guemes Mountain, offering views of the surrounding San Juan Islands. A treat year round, you'll also see unique prairie habitat and forest, in addition to those gorgeous views. Continue reading

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Hiking Guemes Mountain

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.

WTA worked here in 2016, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010!

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Guemes Mountain

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Co-ordinates: 48.5445, -122.5945 Open in Google 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.

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Puget Sound and Islands > San Juan Islands

Skagit Land Trust

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