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Sharpe Park

A 110-acre Skagit County Park with the largest remaining undeveloped waterfront on Fidalgo Island near Anacortes. Highlights include a freshwater beaver pond and the stunning views of Rosario Strait.

A short 3/4 -mile walk through old growth firs, madronas, and lichen- shrouded trees takes you to sweeping views of north Puget Sound. Kids will enjoy walking first along the trail by a large pond filled with widgeons, mallards, cattails, and red-winged blackbirds.

At the trail junction families can choose between a steep descent to a cliff just above the water’s edge or a short climb to a rounded moss-covered bedrock summit, Sares Head. Come out onto a rock perch looking left to Oak Harbor and Deception Pass or right to Williamson Rocks and Allen Island. Lopez Island lies directly in front of you. In any weather this is a short safe hike with a big reward.

Loop hikes are possible too.

Driving Directions:
From Interstate 5 at Burlington, take Exit 230 and head west on Highway 20. After 12 miles, cross the bridge to Fidalgo Island, and in a few more miles, turn left at Sharpe’s Corner to follow Highway 20 south toward Whidbey Island. After driving by Pass Lake, turn right on Rosario Road, and the park is on the left in 1.7 miles.

View a Map of the Trails (pdf)

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Longtime Anacortes resident Chris Terrell captures his views of our community through his website Pictures That Matter.

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