Friends of the Forest

Dedicated to the preservation of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands through education, outreach & stewardship


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  • A special note~
    As most of you know, there was a forest fire in the Little Cranberry Lake Area of the ACFL that began on August 25th. City staff and first responders supported DNR fire crews as they worked for days to contain the fire to 17.6 acres. The cause is still unknown, though suspected to be human related. It began close to the old copper mine, also know as The Bat Cave.
    Though contained, the fire is expected to continue underground with occasional flare-ups for the next couple of months. DNR and city staff will be monitoring the site daily. The fire zone is off limits indefinitely. Closed trails within the fire zone include parts of #103, #102, and all of #122.
    We will continue to work closely with our friends at the city to help increase public awareness about the fire, and encourage people to stay out of the fire area for their own safety as well as to promote the natural ecological process of recovery for this precious area of our woods.

  • ACFL Trail Maps now available through the City of Anacortes website. 

Join our next hike: 

Sugarloaf Mountain - for all ages
Saturday, October 8th
10 am until noon

Experience the golden glow of Sugarloaf Mountain in October. We will hike from the dark woods at the base to the stunning summit view, enjoying every stretch in between. Meet at the trailhead on Ray Auld Drive at the bottom of Mount Erie just off of Heart Lake Road.

Please understand that our hikes are for people only, we ask that you leave your pets at home. 

Visit our  Calendar for all Hikes, Work Parties and Activities!  

About the Friends

The Friends of the Forest is a non-profit citizens organization dedicated to the preservation of the ACFL through education, outreach, and stewardship. We first formed in 1986 to "preserve, protect, and enjoy" our community forest. Our group was instrumental in the successful effort to halt revenue logging in the ACFL, and essential to the creation and promotion of a system to provide long term legal preservation of the forest.  We welcome all who share in our mission.



 The ACFL: We've protected it now let's take care of it!