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Skagit County Trails – Salish Sea to the North Cascades!

hikingExperience the majestic beauty of the Magic Skagit on the trail. Our mountains, forests, valley, and islands are big enough to provide a lifetime of outdoor adventure and exploration. Our trails play a unique role in Skagit County’s environmental community, bringing enthusiasts for recreation and conservation together to protect the awesome wild places we love to explore and to protect the opportunities for people to enjoy them.

Anacortes Community Forestlands

The Anacortes Community Forest Lands (ACFL) comprise approximately 2800 acres of forests, meadows, lakes, and wetlands at the heart of Fidalgo Island, entirely within the city limits of Anacortes. Download Trail Maps Here

Deception Pass Trails

Deception Pass State Park spreads over 3,854 acres, a marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three lakes. The park is actually located on two islands — Fidalgo to the north and Whidbey to the south. The Canoe Pass and Deception Pass bridges connect the two islands, creating a gateway for exploration.

Deception Pass Trails

Little Mountain Park

A trip to Little Mountain Park is sure to be rewarding for everyone, no matter age or ability. 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. Drive to the summit in the afternoon for a picnic at the south viewpoint overlooking central Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountain Range. Or visit the north viewpoint and watch a summer sunset over the San Juan Islands and North Puget Sound. There’s a wheel-chair accessible, interpretive Nature Trail; a paved road taking you from the bottom of the mountain to the picnic area and overlooks at its top; and miles of trails great for hiking, mountain biking, running, or walking your dog.

The Cascade Trail

The Cascade Trail runs 22.5 miles and follows the abandoned Burlington Northern grade along the Skagit River and State Route 20 (part of the North Cascades Highway and the Cascade Loop) while connecting the towns of Sedro-Woolley, Lyman, Hamilton, Birdsview, and Concrete.  The trail is a crushed rock multi-use trail open to pedestrian, cycling, and equestrian use.

The North Cascade Trails

Start your hiking in the North Cascades from Baker Lake Rd near Concrete.  You will find every kind of trail imaginable from summiting Mount Baker, to a lookout tower, to alpine lakes, to the Baker River hike and the hike around Baker Lake!  From there head to the Sauk Mountain trailhead for one of our most famous hikes.  After Sauk Mountain, there is a lifetime of hikes available to you approaching the North Cascades National Park and within the park!  For more information be sure to stop by the National Park Service Park and Forest Information Center in Sedro-Woolley on SR 20 or the Wilderness Information Center in Marblemount.

Related Sites:
Anacortes Community Forest Lands
Pacific Northwest Trail Association
Skagit Alpine Club
Washington Trail Blazers
Deception Pass Trails
Washington Trails Association Hiking Guide for North Cascades/West Slope and Puget Sound & Islands/North Sound
Skagit Guided Adventures

Related Maps:

Skagit County Trail Map

Deception Pass Trails

Cranberry Lake Trail Map

Heart Lake Trail Map

Whistle Lake Trail Map

Little Mountain Trail Map


Padilla Bay is an easy hike near La Conner and Anacortes. photo credit: andyporterimages.com