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Marblemount Boat Launch Trail

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
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Length

1.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Highest Point: 300 ft.

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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
 
 

The Skagit River hosts one of the largest populations of wintering bald eagles in the continental US, and you can look for them perched in the trees along the river searching for a meal of salmon. Besides the eagles, the Skagit here is designated a Wild and Scenic River, making this short walk a particularly lovely one.

Find the trail sign and kiosk with a map of the trail. The trail follows along the bank where the Cascade River meets the Skagit River. First walk alongside the Skagit River. There is plenty of river access all along this flat trail for watching for eagles or throwing rocks in the water.  Where the two rivers come together, there is a path leading to a nice bench with a view.  The trail makes a bend and now follows alongside the Cascade River.

This area once was a grassy field, it was replanted with cedar and Douglas fir several years ago and it now becoming woods instead of a field. The trail is a bit further away from the river now, but there are side paths that lead down to the river, be sure and take one, the view up the Cascade River valley to the snow- covered peaks beyond is spectacular! The trail just ends at a gate by the road, turn around and head back the way you came. 

 

Marblemount Boat Launch Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.5266, -121.4300 Open map in new window

Trailhead

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

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Getting There

Take Highway 20, the North Cascades Highway, to Marblemount. As the main highway makes a sharp bend, stay straight and get onto the Cascade River Road. Cross the Skagit River on the bridge, then turn right into the large boat launch parking lot. There is a sanican available for the bathroom. 

If you are a boater, there is a voluntary river closure for boats 12/26 -2/28 between 5:00 a.m. and 11 a.m. so as not to disturb the eagles as they feed.

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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