The Friends of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands will host several hikes from July to September.
All hikes are free to attend, but participants should leave pets at home.
• “Animals of the Evening” is a hike for all ages from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, around Little Cranberry Lake. The 1.8-mile hike has about 175 feet of elevation gain and features berries, forest and animals that live near the lake. Meet at the water tower on 29th Avenue.
• “Jean’s Favorite Views” is a fitness hike from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Sugarloaf Mountain. The 6-mile hike features about 1,200 feet of elevation gain. The challenging hike will feature retired director Jean Andrich’s favorite views from Sugarloaf. The hike will be at a fast pace, about three miles per hour. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive.
• “Our Sanctuary Hike” for seniors and adults is from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 9. The 2.4-mile hike has an elevation gain of about 340 feet. Get to know the forest community through the elevated hike along the ridge on the northwest side of Whistle Lake. Meet at Ray Auld Drive parking lot.
• “Wetland Wonders Walk,” for hikers of all ages, is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 10. The 2-mile hike has about 25 feet of elevation gain and will feature information about the wetland ecosystem and how it affects the entire forest lands. Walk to the 32nd Street swamp and Big Beaver Bond. Meet at the ACFL kiosk on A Avenue and 37th Street.
• “The Keystone Beavers Hike” is an extra gentle hike from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4. It is about 1.2 miles roundtrip with about 50 feet of elevation gain and will introduce participants to the beaver ponds of the Little Cranberry Lake area. Meet at the ACFL kiosk on A Avenue and 37th Street.
• “Fires and Our Forest” is a hike for seniors and adults from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 6. The 2.1-mile hike has about 225 feet of elevation gain and will take hikers along the west ridge of Little Cranberry Lake above the bat cave. Participants will see fresh understory growth on the land affected by the 18-acre fire of 2016. Meet at the water tower at the end of 29th Avenue.
• “The ACFL Inclusive Fitness Hike” is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. The approximately 20-mile hike, for the very fit hiker, has more than 2,500 feet of elevation gain. See all three corridors of the forest lands in one day. Anyone who wants to complete a shorter hike can start at 9 a.m. and take a 4.5-mile loop with about 900 feet of elevation gain. Meet at the base of Mount Erie at the parking lot on Ray Auld Drive.