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    Mt Erie trail is open again

    This is the trail in the ACFL that hugs the south side of the mountain. It's been closed for like 10 years and I was afraid it would never officially reopen.
    The trail is not on the official map but it basically goes along the bottom of the map connecting Trail 247 with road 22.

    Just last year someone was piling branches to hide the trail entrance, but a month ago I noticed a bridge had been replaced and now there is a brand new trail sign along FR 22.

    It's a very tough but also really cool trail with awesome views along the way. Starting from road 22 is probably easier but not by a lot. There is a nice rest stop with a bench half way looking over Campbell lake with an island in the middle:
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    Mt Erie trail is open again

    Great photo, I've been to whistle lake and cranberry a few times. I really like riding there, do you have a gpx of that ride by any chance. I see trail 247 on the map, but not road 22. Thanks for posting.

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    Find the switchbacks on trail 258. I think the trail he's talking about bears east at the top of the switchbacks and follows along the private property lines until it meets up way over on the east (right) side of the map to rd 22. Make sense?

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    That is a great trail!

    Is it definitely open to bikes now? I thought it was a legit trail but hiker only.

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    Re: Mt Erie trail is open again

    Yes, I think you mean top of 248 switchback. Thanks for your help. Gonna have to give it a try when the weather gets better.



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    Yeah, 248!

    @FM - good question. There are lots of climber trails all over the south side. If they aren't officially marked on the trail does that we wouldn't get in trouble riding them? Cuz I'd love to ride my DH down the sunshine slabs area! It'd be spicy carrying the bike down power line wall but worth it )

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    Yes, the trail connects the top of 248 with road 22:
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    The story I heard back in 2002 or so is that someone told the owner of the private property, an old lady, that if a biker got injured on the trail, she might be liable and she didn't like that.

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    I'll have to check it out. I normaly ride from the mount erie paved road over to the 26 connector and back down the parking lot with a push up 300 and 302 on the way. Pretty flowy and fast that way.

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    So is it open, or officially open?
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    the Mt Erie/Whistle Lake trails are legit. I like that it hasn't blown up. It's nice fresh single track that hasn't been widened by tons of use. I live in Bellingham, but work in Anacortes and ride those trails quite a bit. Still discovering rad trails there. I'm ticking off the trails one by one. I need a legit tour from a Fidalgo local one of these days.
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    Here is the brand-new sign at the re-opened entrance.
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    I doubt the trail will ever get a lot of use. It's just too hard for most people. I've ridden it a couple dozen times and only recently made it all the way without getting stuck on one of the steep pitches. I guess it's time to try riding it the other way

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    Has any one ridden erie in the last 2 weeks. I went up there about 2 weeks ago and the place was a disaster from all the limbs and trees falling in the snow. Just wondering if its cleared up yet.

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    Yes, it's pretty much all clear. I did encounter a couple bigger trees across the trail but I also ran into a bike crew with a saw cutting whatever was in the way (thanks, guys!).
    The mt Erie trail, in particular, is totally clear. Didn't take me very long - there wasn't anything major on the trail.

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    good thanks for the heads up. I'm leaving washington soon i need to get a few more rides in up there and at duthie.

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    Pinchflat and I will be hitting it on Saturday. Sign up on the BBTC website if interested. This will be a fast paced technical ride for experts.

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    Re: Mt Erie trail is open again

    Ranger confirmed open but private property owner next door is jumpy so yes ride it now and be aware and respectful of the neighbor.

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    Weed smokin', beer drinking, litter droppin', rock music playing, mud flinging , off trail thrashing mountain bikers COMING THROUGH, HORSES AND HIKERS OUTTA MA WAY !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preston View Post
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    Gonz, thanks to you and Len, and everyone else, for helping ACFL to recover from all the damage.

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    Re: Mt Erie trail is open again

    Our effort was a humble day compared to the rangers and volunteers in this "we know this is special" community. Anacortes parks and volunteers have been working solid everyday for two plus long hard weeks. It wasn't glamorous. Mostly thickets of branches not even needing saw just untangling time consuming to make it the next 50 feet.
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    Love that trail. It makes me bleed every time.
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    Well, the honeymoon is over. The trail is now closed just past the bench at the view point. There is barbwire across the trail and an angry note from the land owner about being sued. I thought it was trail-related but not really:
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    I am kind of torn here. It's a beautiful trail and it won't be the same when the trees are gone but at least we would be able to ride it again.

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    Not surprised. Unfortunately many of the greens on Fidalgo Island have lost the support of much of the recreation community. People seem to forget that the primary purpose of the preservation of our forest and parks lands is for recreation. . Some here would like to lock down the forest for a few inbred deer to roam without interruption.

    I support the protection of the ACFL but the community needs to accept that the best preservation argument is recreation.
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