From sea-level tromps to mountain summit treks, there is a trail in Skagit County for every hiker.
No matter where one decides to roam — a rocky coastline, under the thick canopy of an old-growth forest or atop a sky-scratching peak — be prepared for spectacular scenery.
Weather plays a role in the planning process, but there are plenty of options year-round.
Whether one is looking for a simple day hike or an all-out backpacking excursion, trail specifics can be found inside publications stacked like cordwood on shelves of local bookstores.
Cumberland Creek Interpretive Trail
This trail was built as a collaboration between Skagit Land Trust and an Emerson High School environmental science class. The class spent a semester researching Cumberland Creek Conservation Area, then developed the interpretive trail.
Distance: 2 miles
Getting there: From the South Skagit Highway Park and Ride off Route 9 in Sedro-Woolley, take South Skagit Highway 12 miles east. Turn left into the driveway at 34183 South Skagit Highway. Park in front of the locked gate.
This is a classic hike. The trail twists and climbs (emphasis on climbs) through the Chuckanut Mountains and ends atop a rocky outcropping with spectacular views of the San Juans.
Distance: 6.5 miles
Location: Chuckanut Drive (SR 11)
Getting there: From I-5, take Highway 11 (Chuckanut Drive) north for 10.2 miles. The trailhead is on the right at milepost 10.
Goose Rock Perimeter/Summit Trails
Goose Rock is one of the highest points on Whidbey Island. The trail leads to the top, then around the massive chunk of rock.
Distance: 2.8 miles
Location: Near south end of Fidalgo Island
Getting there: On the south side of Deception Pass bridge, turn into the lot and head down the staircase to the NW Goose Rock Summit trailhead.
Short and Sweet
Pomona Grange Park
This is an excellent hike for those of all ages. It’s a short, easy jaunt that enhances one’s understanding of nature by way of18 interpretive signs highlighting
specifics of local plants and trees. Cross Friday Creek and visit the Samish State Fish Hatchery.
Distance: 1 mile
Location: North of Burlington
Getting there: I-5 to exit 232 (Cook Road). Turn right on Cook Road. Proceed north at the stoplight on Old Highway 99. In about 3.5 miles, the park will be on the right. If you
reach the fish hatchery, you have gone too far.
Skagit River Loop Trail
The trail, which is located within Rasar State Park, is situated along the north shore of the Skagit River. The first quarter-mile of the Skagit River Loop Trail is wheelchair accessible.
Distance: 2.5 miles
Location: East of Sedro-Woolley
Getting there: From Highway 20 in Sedro-Woolley, continue east for about 15 miles. Turn south on Lusk Road and continue for one mile. Turn east on Cape Horn Road and
continue for one mile to the entrance to Rasar State Park.