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ANDERSON MOUNTAIN FROM HIGHWAY 9

 

A Skagit County hike

 

The Pacific Northwest Trail, PNT, crosses Anderson Mountain north of Sedro-Woolley from Highway 9 to the Alger CCC Road, a distance of 14.6 miles. Both of the trailheads are gated and the hiker must hike up logging roads to reach the trail sections. The hike across Anderson Mountain will be presented as two hikes, one beginning and ending on Highway 9 and one beginning and ending on the Alger CCC Road.

Data: This 12-mile loop hike is on private timber company land and on WA State lands managed by the WA Department of Natural Resources, DNR. Please respect the rights of the private timber companies as well of those of State land. The forest on Anderson Mountain is a working forest and from time to time logging operations occur. To check out logging operations on Anderson Mountain, call the DNR office in Sedro-Woolley, 360-856-3500. The elevation gain from Highway 9 to the view area near the top of the mountain is about 3000 feet. For this reason SWITMO rates it as moderate to strenuous. SWITMO maintains the PNT on Anderson Mountain.

Driving Instructions: From Sedro-Woolley drive north on State Route 9. Some miles north of Sedro-Woolley the hiker will come to the Hathaway Road on the right. Then one will cross the Samish River and in a short distance pass the Upper Samish Road on the left. In a little less than a mile one will come to a gated logging road on the left. Park off to the side at this point so as not to block the logging road. If the gate is open, do not drive up the road as the gate can be locked at any time.

Hike Description:

  • Use the map and follow the heavy-duty logging road 4.1 miles uphill to about the 2600 foot level. Look for white blazes on trees, rocks, etc. The white blazes mark the route of the PNT on Anderson Mountain. There may be some new logging access roads off this main logging road so it is important to use the map to know one’s location as one hikes uphill.

  • At about the 2600 foot level, leave the heavy-duty logging road and go RIGHT onto a trail. Look for a PNT sign in a tree near this intersection. Follow this trail which contains deep drainage dips to a small bridge. Turn LEFT over the bridge and follow the trail, which may be overgrown. This area was logged about 10 years ago. Be careful of holes that may be in this area. This area also has a puncheon bridge.

  • Continue on this trail as it goes northerly, crossing a number of puncheon bridges. The trail will come out onto another heavy-duty logging road. Go RIGHT; the logging road immediately crosses over a very large culvert which carries Pain-in-the-Neck Creek. There is a large equipment turn-around area nearby.

  • Continue following the logging road northerly for about 0.25 mile. The logging road ends at a large turn-around. Before the far end of the turn-around, look for a trail going off on the LEFT. This trail will begin to climb. Follow the trail using the white blazes. This area was selectively thinned a few years ago.

  • The trail will enter a more densely wooded area below a ridge and continue northerly and then it will make a sharp, almost 180 degree turn and head southerly.

  • Continue the uphill climb on the ridge on a steep trail which will come out on a landing with a view of Lake Whatcom to the north. This is called the Whatcom Overlook.

  • Follow the trail that leads southerly and in a few tenths of a mile look for a trail that goes off on the LEFT. This will take the hiker on a side trail to another overlook.

  • After returning to the main PNT, continue hiking south until one comes to another logging road. At this point the hiker will be near a four-way intersection on the A-1000 Road. The west branch goes down the west side of Anderson Mountain. The east branch goes northerly and is the logging road the hiker came out on earlier. The south branch is a logging road that goes down hill and connects with the logging road the hiker came up. This is the most direct route back to Highway 9.



Source: USGS

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