ANDERSON MOUNTAIN FROM THE ALGER CCC ROAD
A Skagit County hike
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
This 13.4-mile hike which includes a 3.0 mile loop around the top
of Anderson Mountain 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. Because of the distance and elevation
gain, SWITMO rates this hike as moderate to strenuous. SWITMO maintains the PNT on Anderson Mountain.
Instructions: Drive north of Burlington either by I-5 or Old Highway
99. From I-5 take exit 240 and drive east to Alger. Old Highway
99 goes through Alger. Drive east from Alger on the Alger-Caine
Lake Road to the Alger CCC Road, which will be on the right. Turn
right and then make an immediate left. In a short distance come to a
gated logging road on the right. Park off to the side so as not to
block the gated road. If the gate is open, do not drive up the
logging road as it could be locked at any time.
PNT over Anderson Mountain is blazed with white blazes in many
areas. Use the blazes along with the map; know where you are on the
map at all times.
up the logging road, passing a gravel pit on the left and going
right, up the hill.
an intersection, go LEFT. There may be a PNT sign in a tree here.
In a short distance go RIGHT on the trail that angles uphill through
an area that was clear-cut about 15 years ago. This section of
trail is known as the Art Reinhardt Trail. Not too far from the
last switchback on this trail, look for a side trail on the left
that goes to THE BIG LOG. This is very close to the trail and
should be visible to the hiker. Its large stump is nearby. Count
the rings on the big log??
the Art Reinhardt Trail which will come out onto a logging landing
road. Follow this logging road to a three-way intersection.
this three-way intersection, go RIGHT and in a short distance go
LEFT onto another old logging road. Not far down this logging road
you will come to THE BIG STUMP with its spring board notches—you
will know when you are there. The trail goes easterly near this
big stump, crossing a puncheon bridge and additional puncheon and
section of trail is named the Jim Futrelle Trail. Follow the Jim
Futrelle Trail uphill. It will cross a logging road and it
continues just across this logging road.
up this trail through woods and come out into a clear-cut. The
next mile or so the trail is in the clear-cut, an area that was
logged about 5 years ago. At this point you are not too far from
the A-1000 Road on your right.
trail through the clear-cut is called the Ken Rosencrantz Trail.
This trail will come out on a fairly recent logging road. Go LEFT
and this road will curve to the right. Look for a trail going
RIGHT in this area.
this trail and continue easterly, climbing toward the tall tree
trail enters the woods, soon crosses a puncheon bridge, and
continues climbing until it comes out on the A-1000 Road farther up
LEFT and walk along the A-1000 Road about 1.4 miles at which point
the hiker comes to a four-way intersection. The right road
descends to Highway 9. Going straight ahead leads to the upper
east side of Anderson—where the hiker will be later on in the
hike. Go LEFT at this intersection, either on the old logging
road itself or on a trail a little east of logging road in the
trees. This old logging road goes through forest, mossy areas, and
rocks to the Whatcom Overlook.
this route, about 1 mile up from the four-way intersection, a side
trail goes off on the RIGHT. This side trail leads to higher
elevations and views.
returning to the main trail, continue hiking northerly to a large
landing area know as the Whatcom Overlook. The is the end of the
old logging road. If the trees have not grown too tall, you will
see Lake Whatcom to the north.
ready to leave the Whatcom Overlook, locate the trail on the east
side of the area. The trail will descend practically immediately
and follow the ridge down and northerly. At the northern-most
point, the trail switchbacks to the south and comes out into an area
that was selectively logged about four years ago.
the trail, being sure to look for the white blazes, down to another
logging road landing. Go RIGHT and follow this heavy-duty logging
road in a southerly direction.
0.25 mile down this logging road, the hiker will come to a large
equipment turn-around area by the side of a large culvert through
which the Pain-in-the-Neck Creek flows. Just beyond this culvert
you will see a trail on the LEFT. DO NOT TAKE THIS TRAIL AT THIS
TIME. Here the PNT descends to the logging road system that takes
the hiker down to Highway 9 on the east side of the Mountain. On
this hike the hikers wants to return to the Alger CCC Road on the
west side of the Mountain.
past the PNT that descends on the left, hike on the heavy-duty
logging road which will come out at the four-way intersection
the hiker hikes back down the A-1000 Road for 1.4 mile keeping a
sharp eye out for the PNT Trail that goes into the woods on the
this trail which re-enters the clear cut, following the same route
that the hiker took on the way up.
the clear-cut, re-enter the woods, re-cross a logging road and
re-enter the Jim Futrelle Trail, coming out by the Big Stump.
the Big Stump, turn LEFT. At the intersection turn RIGHT and then
in a short distance turn LEFT and hike down to the top entrance to
the Art Reinhardt Trail.
the Art Reinhardt Trail down to the lower logging road. Turn LEFT
and follow that logging road back to the car parked at the Alger CCC
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