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Whistle Lake Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 4.8 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An astoundingly beautiful loop around Whistle Lake.


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3.7

Miles

5.9

KM

Loop

558' 170 m

High

369' 112 m

Low

359' 109 m

Up

358' 109 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly A flat and relatively easy loop.

Closes at dusk.

Overview

This trail is not one to miss. Whistle Lake is astoundingly beautiful year-round; enjoy the secluded charm of the crystal clear waters of Whistle Lake. The trails are mostly flat and there are not many obstacles, which makes it a good option for families.

Need to Know

There is a short foot bridge over a stream leading to Toot Swamp... hey, I didn't name it.

Description

The parking for this loop hike is at the end of Whistle Lake Road. From the parking area, head south on Trail 20, a nice level doubletrack. Take the trail to its end by the north end of Whistle Lake, passing Trail 21 and Trail 204 which both head off to the left. From the doubletrack, pick up the singletrack Trail 205, which heads south around the eastern and southern perimeters of Whistle Lake. The trail climbs a moderately steep hill on the southern ends of the lake, and can be rocky and rooty in places.

The singletrack ends at Trail 22. Take a right onto Trail 22, then another right onto Trail 21, both rather mellow double tracks. About 2.3 miles into the hike keep an eye out on the right for Trail 204, a singletrack that heads off Trail 21 to follow the edge of the lake north. Trail 204 ends back at Trail 20 at the north end of the lake. To return to your car, turn left and head north back to the parking lot.

If you have the chance, swimming to Whistle Lake Island is a ton of fun (there are cliff jumping areas around Whistle Lake also)! Whistle Lake and the surrounding areas make you feel as if you are deep in the Pacific Northwest tundra, miles from civilization. Take a deep breath in and you can hear nature's song in this tranquil forest.

Flora & Fauna

Ferns, ivy pines, deer, and more!

Contacts

Shared By:

Isaac Bozeman

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  4.8 from 6 votes

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Flora
Aug 13, 2020 near Anacortes, WA
Island at Whistle Lake
Aug 13, 2020 near Anacortes, WA
The trail as it is engulfed in the forest.
Jan 5, 2018 near Anacortes, WA
Whistle Lake
Aug 13, 2020 near Anacortes, WA
Sun thru the trees
Aug 13, 2020 near Anacortes, WA
Leaning Tree
Aug 13, 2020 near Anacortes, WA

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Feb 10, 2021
James Lott
Jan 16, 2021
Kimberly Dunn
Jill and Leslie. Trails 22, 204-205. Super easy. Muddy
Jun 27, 2020
Michael Bordonaro
Jan 5, 2020
Elena DIdenko
Jan 4, 2020
Monica Thorne
Aug 8, 2019
Ann Foster
Jun 2, 2019
Anthony Watson
Easy Stroll. It's a little confusing but just follow the signs and once you get to the lake follow it all the way around back to the parking area 3mi
Dec 30, 2018
Madeline White