Nuts and I did a little hike up Sugarloaf Mtn near Anacortes on New Years Day..The initial plan was to hike to Mt Erie, but we weren't able to get a map that we could carry w/us and there are so many trails to get lost on...Besides, by the time we got up Sugarloaf..with the help of some friendly hikers..it was blowing like crazy and absolutely freezing..but gorgeous at the same time. Looking over at Erie from our vantage point, it didn't look any prettier than where we were (but mostly, I wasn't sure I could get us there and down before dark..even with the map that the hikers donated to our cause), so we hung around as long as we could without losing our nuts to frostbite and then wandered aimlessly on several different trails back down to the truck.
Then we headed across the street to hike the Heart Lake trails for a little bit. Heart Lake is all flat..and not very exciting..more fun for a bike I would guess.
Sugarloaf is definitely worth doing for the mountain views on all sides though. Not too exciting on the way up, unless you go without a map and bounce from trail to trail just for fun. It's a short one that can be added to your Burlington Outlet Mall shopping trips!
On the way to the top
Buggy with Mt Erie in the background.
views from Sugarloaf (the mountain views were really clear..unfortunately, proper usage of my camera isn't as clear to me..so I didn't really capture how pretty it was)
Apparently the American owls are just as cranky and confused as the Canadian ones[:0]
Remnants of a wasp nest on the trail
There were some rather big-ass trees along the trail
Pondering life at Heart Lake
A nice start to 2008 for bugs and I!
Happy New Year!