135 – Guemes Mountain Trail

What an awesome hike this was! What hike starts with a ferry ride and takes you all the way to the highest point on one of the San Juan Islands? The Guemes Mountain Trail! Go here – http://www.skagitcounty.net/common/asp/?d=publicworksferry&c=general&p=ferry.htm – for information on the Guemes Island Ferry. Here, Dena and I enjoy the sunshine on the deck of the ferry as we travel from the town of Anacortes on Fidalgo Island to Guemes Island.

Dena and I . . . on the Guemes Island ferry
Dena and I . . . on the Guemes Island ferry

It’s only a short drive from the ferry landing once on Guemes Island to the Guemes Mountain Trail. If you prefer, park your car in downtown Anacortes and go as a walk-on passenger on the ferry. Bring your bicycle and ride to the trailhead. Or, if you don’t have a bike, the Anderson’s General Store might have a bicycle available for you to borrow. Go here – http://www.guemesislandstore.com/ – for information about the store and their contact information.

Guemes Mountain trailhead
Guemes Mountain trailhead

Four vehicle parking spaces are available at the trailhead, and a bike rack that will probably accommodate six or more bikes on a busy day. Early Spring and not a busy time of year for the island, we had the entire trail to ourselves; but I suspect it might be quite a popular hiking destination during the summer vacation season.

Along the trail
Along the trail

You should go now! Why? Because of the wildflowers. We saw fawn lily, chocolate lily, camas, pear, apple and wild plum trees in bloom, red flowering currant, Oregon grape, and more. All absolutely beautiful in the afternoon sunshine!

Wildflowers along the trail
Wildflowers along the trail

Do you like mountain views? This trail has them too – Mount Baker, Twin Sisters, Mount Rainier, Canadian Cascades and the Olympics, all visible from the summit. And island views. From the summit you can see Lummi, Samish, Cypress, Lopez, Orcas, Fidalgo, Portage, Vendovi, Sinclair.

Samish Island, Oyster Dome, Mount Baker . . . from Guemes Mountain
Samish Island, Oyster Dome, Mount Baker . . . from Guemes Mountain

The trail gains approximately 500′ in elevation as it climbs through a lovely forest to the top of Guemes Mountain. It is in very good condition and easy to travel so is a great hike for the entire family – regardless of their age or hiking experience.

Along the trail
Along the trail

For more information on the Guemes Mountain Trail, visit the Washington Trails Association website, here – http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/guemes-mountain. Go, and enjoy!

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  1. Hello,
    My name is Toni and I’m with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blogs about Guemes Island to share on our site and I came across your great post of this hidden treasure in the San Juan’s…. If you’re open to it, I’d love to feature your aesthetic blog. Please shoot me an email at toni(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you soon!

    1. Hello Toni, Yes, the short ferry ride, island tour and hike on Guemes Island makes such a wonderful afternoon, by all means, go ahead and share my blog with your readers.

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