Guemes Mountain on Guemes Island by Mount Erie / 格梅斯山

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Guemes Mountain on Guemes Island sits north of Mount Erie, the heart of Fidalgo Island. It got its name from the Viceroy of New Spain, Juan Vicente de Güemes. Moreover, it’s a quick five-minute ferry ride from Anacortes.

Guemes Mountain west view
Guemes Mountain west view

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Guemes Mountain at a Glance

Access: Guemes Mountain Trailhead
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 80′-688′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

The Preface on Guemes Island

We got lots of needed sunshine on Anderson Mountain last week. Then this weekend, we sought Guemes Mountain in the rain shadow, away from the Cascade rain. It’s an ongoing effort to avoid bad weather whenever possible.

I’d seen the island from Oyster Dome several times in the past. Since we’ve spent the most time in the Cascades and east, it was a surprise to find this hidden gem. The fact that it’s open to the public was the icing on the cake.

Some views on Guemes Mountain
Some views on Guemes Mountain

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Guemes Mountain Summit Views

After a short ferry ride to the other side, we drove two miles along the south shore to the trailhead. Spotty views were en route, but we were in for great weather. The overlook at 450′ let in views of the flat land below and Cypress Island.

It didn’t take long before finishing the mere one-mile walk to the top. A couple with their pups left the top as we arrived. We all agreed to have lucked out despite the grim forecast. Then we stayed for a long time and savored views of the other islands.

Jack Island and a ship
Jack Island and a ship

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Leaving San Juan Islands

On the way down, I opted to take the south trail to loop the trip. The path soon turned into an old road before we came upon the interesting “Rainbarn” by the radio tower. Then we viewed the cloud-capped mountains to the east before going onto Holiday Boulevard.

Soon, we turned west and down to South Shore Road. We walked north under half a mile back to the car with another behind us. Since it was only 1 o’clock, we drove through the area and returned to the dock.

On the ferry back to Anacortes
On the ferry back to Anacortes

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