Hiking the PNW: Whistle Lake


As summer comes to an end, us Washingtonians try to soak up every last bit of sunshine before the clouds and the rain return. Of course, most of us don’t really care if we get a little wet anyway!

But if you’re looking for a fun, laid back hike you can do all year round look no further. And it’s perfect for the kiddos, too! 

(We actually hiked this a few months ago, but I never posted it. Better late than never 🙂 Video coming soon!)

Hiking the PNW: Whistle Lake

Whistle Lake is part of a serious of  trails located in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands. There are so many different ways to go, and there are plenty of signs posted throughout so you don’t lose your way.


What’s great about this hike is that you can make it as long or as short as you’d like it!

The lake is located only about a half mile or so from the parking lot, and the trail is wide without too much elevation gain.

It’s more of a stroll through the woods, with plenty of beautiful scenery.

As you approach the lake, the trail splits off to the right, providing a direct route up the west side of the lake, where there are various different swimming spots.

The main swimming spot is a little further up, where there is a bit of a bank and some shallow spots for the little ones to play in the water.

Continuing up the east side of the lake brings you through a more intricate series of trails that eventually makes its way all around the lake. It’s definitely doable for kids, and there are plenty of spots to stop along the way if needed.

There are a few steep spots, though! 🙂

We eventually came across the sign on the westernmost point of the lake. Just a warning: the trails do veer away from the lake quite a bit, but they do meet back up eventually. You won’t get lost, I promise!

Lunch break! As we met back up with the lake, we came across the perfect spot to take a break. It’s right near a little island near the southern part of the lake, which has some pretty good sized cliffs that you can actually swim to and jump off of!

I’m pretty bummed I didn’t get more footage of this, but we are planning another trip where we can explore a little more and hopefully make a video as well.

The way back is a lot easier, and I’m pretty sure it’s completely downhill. 🙂 It eventually meets back up with the main trail that leads back to the parking lot.

Overall, this was an awesome hike that we will definitely be doing again in the near future. There are so many different possibilities and outcomes- a perfect family hiking experience!

You can find out all about Whistle Lake and the surrounding area here.

Until the next adventure!

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2 thoughts on “Hiking the PNW: Whistle Lake

  1. Looks like a fun hike. We did not do a lot of hiking,except on vacation. We biked on the trail near us. Keep up the good times together. Love you💞G AND G

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