Little Mountain Park
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Our largest and most impressive park, comprising 522 acres, is located south of City limits. Take the 1.5-mile road to Little Mountain. This elevation climb is 934ft. Enjoy a magnificent view over the Skagit Valley. The San Juan Islands, Olympic Mountains and the Tulip Fields from the covered viewpoint.
Little Mountain Park is a wonderful place to visit, regardless of age. There is a new trail to explore for every hike and endless combinations for a different bike ride or trail run each time. Come in the morning for trail running before breakfast. Take a trip to the top in the afternoon and enjoy a picnic at South Point overlooking Puget Sound. To see a spectacular sunset, visit the North Puget Sound Viewpoint. You can access the interpretive Nature Trail by wheelchair. This road takes you up the mountain from the parking area to the summit. There are miles of trails for walking, running or mountain biking.
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This paraglider styled platform near the summit parking area overlooks the cities of Mount Vernon & Burlington with Padilla Bay, North Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, and Mt. Baker beyond.
Little Mountain Park is beautiful all year. A lot of the hiking spots areas near the Seattle area get snowed over or become difficult to reach in the winter, but the trails on Little Mountain are always available. Little Mountain offers a multitude of hiking trails, which is rare in Seattle. It's possible to spend an entire day there and not have time for all the different ones. Cascadia Weekly's Best of Skagit 2016 issue featured Little Mountain Park among the top Skagit Valley hiking spots. It's also true for all seasons.
Expert mountain bikers have the opportunity to try out their skills on the Sidewinder or Bonnie and Clyde's Trail. For a more leisurely stroll or hike the first mile up the mountain's mountain, you can use the La-Z-Boy Trail. The Up Only Trail is a challenging trail running option for those looking to challenge themselves. It's one of the most difficult climbs in the park.
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Running along trails
Little Mountain's trail network has many loops that can be used for running. These loops are 5-6 miles long and offer the opportunity to turn every half-mile.
Local communities in the Puget Sound are committed to protecting hiking opportunities and other outdoor recreation. That is what makes the Pacific Northwest unique. Little Mountain Park, for example, is great proof of this effort. You can see the results of hundreds volunteering their time to create Little Mountain Park.
MVPF volunteers have donated over 17,000 man-hours since 2009, building, improving, and maintaining the now 10+ miles of trails at Little Mountain Park. Photo by Peter Wheeler. Click here to learn more about volunteering at Little Mountain Park
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Log in or Sign up Dashboard Create a trip report Log In Sign Up Little Mountain Park The Bonnie and Clyde Loop Aptly called Little Mountain, it is accessible all year. Although it is only a short distance from Mount Vernon, this 522-acre park feels much further away. A narrow road leads to the sub-1,000-foot summit, where Skagit Valley views await. It is more fun to hike than drive to the top. https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/little-mountain-park-bonnie-and-clyde-loop https://www.wta.org/site_images/hikes/little-mountain-park_powder.jpeg/@@download/image/little mountain park_powder.jpeg Little Mountain Park – Bonnie and Clyde Loop
Information for Hikers
This trail has 67 Trip reports. The trail is also known as Little Mountain and can be reached all year. The park covers 522-acres and is located just few miles away from Mount Vernon. It feels like you are further from the city. A narrow road leads to the sub-1,000-foot summit, where Skagit Valley views await. The drive to the summit can be enjoyable but it's much more fun to hike.
Park at the "To trails" pullout and start your hike. The Bonnie and Clyde Trail begins as a gentle climb and then gradually contours around the mountainside. You'll come across an abandoned car along the trail, which is a sure inspiration for its name. The junction is located at approximately 0.9mile. To the left, the Sidewinder Trail switchbacks gently up the mountain and is popular with mountain bikers. To reach Ginny's Trail for hikers, instead, take a right turn. Continue straight to the top overlook.
View from Little Mountain's summit, you can view fertile fields as well the Skagit River in the direction of Fidalgo/Whidbey Islands. Continue southeast to complete the loop and take the Ridge Trail downward.
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Family friendly This loop is easy for children. You can also cut it by following Bonnie and Clyde's trail to the mid-mountain area. The section of Fred's Trail connecting the overlook area and the lower traverse trails (Bonnie & Clyde, "Julianne") is steep and slippery. This route is not recommended for running or kids.
This beautiful trail is suitable for individual and group hikers. This loop covers just a few miles and includes several more easy, but also challenging trails. You will be able to see some beautiful views, forests, and summits along the way.
Only a few spaces are available at Entrance Trailhead. If the parking lot is full, you can try to park farther down or begin your hike by the East Trailhead.
If you're traveling with Fido, look for a seasonal water seep at the base of a rock slab that forms a tight spot on Bonnie and Clyde's From the Entrance Trailhead, locate the nearby crosswalk and follow it to La-Z-Boy for a mellow descent surrounded by lush ferns and mossy trees before turning to climb past the intersection with Cairn La-Z-Boy continues winding through tall trees and even larger stumps.
Take a right turn onto Over The Top, just before the road. You will quickly be connected with Upper Surfer’s Path at a "T” intersection. You will descend right onto the road. Then, follow it around to the parking area at the midmountain.
The Ridge Trail is located just after Bonnie and Clyde's. This comfortable singletrack immediately starts to ascend into a cheerful forest with scattered clumps of holly. One-quarter of the way up you will see a single maple tree, with more than ten branches growing from its base. The trail's most steep section, which includes a narrow chute dotted with rocks, is the next.
Encompassing over 500 acres, Little Mountain Park is both the largest and finest of Mount Vernon's Parks. It is located east-of I5 and has been beloved by the locals for its small size. The views are expansive from the top. The richly wooded slopes are a favorite spot for mountain bikers and trail runners. The park can be found just minutes away from Mount Vernon. It is also easily accessible from Seattle and Bellingham.
While not a destination riding zone, Little Mountain Park is one of only a few places to mountain bike between Seattle and Bellingham. Over 6.5 miles of singletrack multi-use is available to mountain bikers. The trail system has been lovingly and continuously maintained. There is no road up to the summit. However, it isn't an area where you can easily get lost.
Little Mountain Park's gentle terrain and low elevation gain make it a good choice for intermediate and newer mountain bikers.