Alger Alp ("Little Baldy")

Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Lat/Lon: 48.63431°N / 122.33896°W
County: Skagit
Activities: Hiking
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Elevation: 1315 ft / 401 m

Overview

Alger Alp is an unofficially-named peak located in Skagit County, Washington. Also nicknamed "Little Baldy" by locals, Alger Alp is perhaps most notable as being one of the lowest-elevation peaks crossed by the Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT). For those heading west along the PNT, this is the next peak encountered after passing over nearby Anderson Mountain. The peak is also known for its distinctive cliffband of rock stratigraphy located on its upper west slopes that can be seen from the I-5 freeway.
Alger AlpAlger Alp, With Its Distinctive Cliffband

Alger Alp can be summited year-round, regardless of weather conditions. The entire route is via an old logging road which is granted public access, making this a nice short training location or destination for amateur hikers. The summit route is only ~1.5 miles each way, with ~1025' of elevation gain.
Alger AlpRoad-1000: Summit Route and Partial Route For PNT

The PNT follows most of the Alger Alp summit route, between the entrance gate and along Road-1000 until its intersection with Road-1300. The entire summit route uses Road-1000 until its end at a west-facing overlook atop a cliff. Be careful not to get too close to the edge of the cliff, as a fall is very possible and can be deceptively unstable and slick. The true summit of Alger Alp can be reached by following one of a couple of short trails from near the road-end. The trails lead to an small open area near the summit. The true summit is a bushwhacker's dream, but only a short amount is necessary.
Alger AlpTrue Summit

Alger AlpWest-Facing Viewpoint Near Summit

Getting There

1) Along I-5, take Exit 240 (located halfway between the cities of Bellingham to the north and Burlington to the south).

2) Head east along Lake Samish Road.

3) After 0.7 miles, a stop sign intersection is encountered. Continue driving straight. After the intersection the road name becomes Alger-Cain Lake Road.

4) Within 0.2 miles further, the gated entrance road, Road-1000, is found on the left (north) side of Alger-Cain Lake Road. Road-1000 occurs shortly after Corbell Lane (private residential road) and prior to Silver Creek.

5) Parking in front of the entrance gate for Road-1000 is not allowed. Please park any vehicle(s) in the small automobile pullout on the right (south) side of Alger-Lake Cain Road just prior to the small bridge that crosses over Silver Creek.
Alger AlpEntrance Gate For Road-1000

Red Tape

No motorized vehicles allowed.

No camping allowed.
Alger AlpPNT Sign

Camping

No camping is allowed on Alger Alp.
Alger AlpGeologic Rock Uplift Along Route