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Trail of the Cedars

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 4.8 (5)

A great trail that crosses the Skagit River to explore an old growth forest that's felt the touch of fire.


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Map Key

0.8

Miles

1.3

KM

Point to Point

514' 157 m

High

495' 151 m

Low

25' 8 m

Up

36' 11 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers

Family Friendly Kids will love the bridge and beautiful surroundings of this short easy hike.

Description

This lollipop trail starts across the street from the Gorge Inn in Newhalem, WA and immediately crosses over the picturesque Skagit River on a bouncy suspension bridge.

From there, the short loop takes hikers through an interesting mix of cedar trees including scorched trees that have remained standing from the fire in 1922. More recently, a blaze in 2015 inflicted some damage so you can observe the forest's early stages of recovery. On the back half of the trail sits the Newhalem power station building, which is neat.

Make sure to end your hike by soaking your feet under the bridge while enjoying the aquamarine currents as they go rolling by. This is a short trail, but it's definitely worth a stop!

Flora & Fauna

Lots of huge old growth cedars!!!

Contacts

Shared By:

Julie Laney

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  4.8 from 5 votes

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#107

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Sep 4, 2021
Michael Schieferecke
Nice hike through the forest. 2mi — 1h 15m
Aug 4, 2021
Marcia Paasch
Jul 29, 2021
Jonathan Engelman
Jul 22, 2021
Kristy Van
old trees.
Jul 19, 2021
Kayla Lyman
1mi
Jul 2, 2021
Georgiana Wang
0.8mi — 1h 00m
Jul 2, 2021
Nick Wisdom
14h 30m
Jun 20, 2021
Dave Cerlanek
16h 00m