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 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.
Road-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.
West-Facing Viewpoint Near Summit
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.
Entrance Gate For Road-1000
No motorized vehicles allowed.
No camping allowed.
No camping is allowed on Alger Alp.
Geologic Rock Uplift Along Route