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Howard Miller Steelhead Park - Wetland Wildlife Trail

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
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Length

10.0 miles of trails

Elevation

Rating

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
 
 

Enjoy beautiful views, quiet forest and wildlife activity on this peaceful trail, perfect in spring or on a crisp and clear day in winter. 

The trails leaving from this site are generally known as the Wetland Wildlife Trail, and offer a variety of ways to enjoy this beautiful place. One option is to head out from the farthest campsite at the Howard Miller Steelhead County Park onto a trail that in a wetland. 

The trail follows an old railroad grade and skirts a swampy area where you might see beaver activity if you pay close attention. There are also informational boards on salmon and eagles. It is possible to create quite a long loop on this trail network. By staying on the main trail nearest the river, hikers will eventually connect with the Skagit-Sauk Reach trail, which leads back to the campground.

For a shorter outing, turn right (following a sign that points to a dead end) at a T intersection. You can meander as far as you like down this branch of trail, but it's possible go almost 5 miles this way. 

 

Howard Miller Steelhead Park - Wetland Wildlife Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.4834, -121.6018 Open map in new window

Trailhead

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

Skagit County Park

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Guidebooks & Maps

https://www.skagitcounty.net/ParksAndRecreation/Images/sauktrailmap.jpg

Getting There

Drive west on Highway 20 to exit 230 (Hwy 20) off I-5 and head east about 37 miles to the junction with SR 530. Turn south onto 530, and turn right onto Rockport Park Road. Drive into Howard Miller Steelhead Park and find parking. The Wetland Wildlife Trail starts just out of the furthest campsite in the park. If someone is camping in it, please be courteous and respect their privacy. 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
 

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