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Guemes Mountain
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Guemes Mountain

 
Guemes Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 48.54865°N / 122.59025°W

Object Title: Guemes Mountain

County: Skagit

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 688 ft / 210 m

 

Page By: EastKing

Created/Edited: Oct 15, 2017 / Oct 18, 2017

Object ID: 1009057

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Overview

Sometimes you want a huge epic climb to tag a summit. Other times you want to go for something that is much easier but in some ways is almost uniquely as scenic as the epic climb that you did the day before. Guemes Mountain definitely fits the latter.

Mount Baker
Mount Baker

There are stunning views just 100 feet north of the true summit of Guemes Mountain. To get to these views one takes a 2.5 mile round-trip 650 foot elevation gain hike on a newly constructed WTA trail. The trail is in excellent and climbs at a gradual to moderate grade. At about 500 feet some views start show and continue on and off all of the way to the summer.

Lopez and Orcas Island
Lopez and Orcas Island

Stunning views await of Mount Baker and the Cascades to the east, Lopez and Orcas Island to the north and Anacortes and the Olympics to the west. It should be noted that the true summit is located 50 yards to the south and is a brushy area. The views are sensational and my party spent the exact same of time on the viewpoint as we did get up and down to the summit. This summit is home to a number of bald eagles on this summit as well.  There are some paths to the true summit but no established trail. Honestly it is not really worthwhile to head the true summit unless you are an anal peakbagger like I am.



True summit views!!!!
This is the true summit!
Looking into Canada
Looking into Canada!

Getting There

Guemes Mountain from the ferry
Guemes Mountain from the ferry

FROM ANACORTES: From Commercial Ave. make a left onto 12th St. and go 1/2 mile.  Make a right at I Ave. and head another 1/2 miles to the Guemes Island Ferry (which has a toll). Once off the ferry make a right onto South Shore Road for 2 miles. You will see a small parking area on the right side of the road.

Route

Well designed trail
Well designed trail

The establish route to the summit is the very well maintained Guemes Mountain Trail. At 2.5 miles and 650 feet of elevation gain this mountain is very easy even for the most out of shape peakbaggers. The trail is in extremely good shape and it has been only up and ready for a couple of years. The 50 yard bootpath/ herd path to the true summit is also fairly easy to spot. 
Park bench waiting for people to sit on it
Park bench waiting for people to sit on it

Red Tape

No read tape is need to park at trailhead other than no overnight parking.

When to Climb

Stunning water views
This view can be enjoyed any time of the year!

Because of its low elevation, this hike is a year round mountain. Heavy snowfall is very rare and summertime temperature are very reasonable because it is very close to the Puget Sound and the Straight of Juan de Fuca.

Camping

Camping is prohibited on this Mountain. This mountain is just a day use mountain and a hike that at most is two hours roundtrip.

External Links

Guemes Mountain Peakbagger Page.

Guemes Mountain Alltrails Page

Guemes Mountain WTA Page


Images

Anacortes and the OlympicsWell designed trailPark bench waiting for people to sit on itTrue summit views!!!!Pretty ferry rideGuemes Mountain from the ferryMount Baker
Lopez and Orcas IslandLooking toward the tip of Fidalgo IslandFirst viewLooking into CanadaStunning water views