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Rescheduled: Mt. Erie Circumambulation

  • Sunday, April 16, 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
  • Sugarloaf Trailhead, Mt Erie. Near Anacortes or Cedarwood Zendo


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Plus the opportunity to make an additional contribution to the sangha and to the hike leader during registration. No one turned away for lack of funds, you may request a lower cost registration.

Registration is closed
Our Annual Spring Circumambulation of Mt. Erie has been rescheduled due to weather, hope you can join us next week: Sunday April 16th.

This celebration of the encouraging energy of springtime is close to the traditional date for the celebration of Buddha’s Birthday. 

Our route will follow a moderate trail for approximately 6 miles clockwise around this prominent small mountain situated near the shore of the Salish Sea.

The hike begins at 10am and we will probably be done by about  3pm.

During this mostly silent meditation hike we will stop at various points along the way for chanting rituals.  Our first stop will be at the “Poets' Tree”, a grand Douglas Fir matriarch of the local forest.  Please feel free to bring a short poem to share in celebration of the local areas' history of hermit Zen poetry as part of our ceremony at this stop.

Timing: Meet at 10am at the Sugarloaf Trailed of the Anacortes Community Forest (directions below). Or at the Cedarwood Zendo for carpooling at 9am. Note that carpooling is an indoor "activity" - please be aware of our current Covid Policy

What to Bring: Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, bring at least two liters of water, trail snacks, a lunch, and a short poem to share.

Directions to Mt. Erie:

  • I-5 to Hwy 20
  • West on 20, over Swinomish Channel Bridge until roundabout for Whidbey Island (towards Oak Harbor).
  • TURN South on Hwy 20 towards Whidbey.
  • Road drops towards Campbell Lake (visible ahead).  Enter the roundabout and turn right on Campbell Lake Road.
  • Drive Campbell Lake Road along base of Mount Erie.
  • Road will curve right at Lake Erie Grocery and becomes Heart Lake Road.
  • Drive Heart Lake road, past two prominent old growth fir, about a mile until signs for Mount Erie.
  • Veer right into parking area for Sugarloaf trailhead.
  • That's where we will meet.  If you get to Heart  Lake, you've gone too far.

Registration: We incur about $10 of program administration cost for each registration. In your registration process you are offered the opportunity to  donate additional funds to help Red Cedar continue to be able to offer these programs if you choose. Everyone is welcome, and no one will be refused attendance for lack of funds. Requests for lower cost registrations may be made here. We are grateful for your continued support. 

Donations to the Leader: As with all of our events, teachers/leaders are not compensated for their time. You can include a donation to the hike leader during registration or at any time through our Donate to a Teacher page.

Questions? Contact Wilderness Dharma Program Coordinator Bob Penny at wilderness@redcedarzen.org and see our Wilderness Dharma Program page for an overview of this program.

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