The Hiker Mama

Trail of the Cedars Nature Walk

Distance: 0.3 mile loop

Elevation Gain: negligible

High Point: 500 feet

Season: spring through fall

Maps: Pick up a brochure from the NPS Visitor Center.

Description: This trail starts from an access road east of the Newhalem Campground Loops C and D, or from downtown Newhalem where a suspension bridge crosses the Skagit River. The path is wide and graveled, and travels through an old-growth grove of cedars and firs next to the river. The wet habitat of the riverbed has protected these trees from forest fires over the years. Interpretive signs provide talking points for parents about the forest. Children will marvel at the hugs trees, and will enjoy the suspension bridge over the river. [Caution: This trail might be subject to closures due to the 2015 forest fires. Contact the park service before attempting this trail.]

Directions: From I-5 in Burlington, drive Hwy 20 east through Sedro-Woolley and Marblemount to milepoint 120. Follow the signs for the Newhalem Campground and the National Park Visitor Center, turning right off the highway just before you get to Newhalem town. Cross the river on a one-lane bridge, pass the entry kiosks, and then turn left toward campground loops C and D. Drive past the Rock Shelter trailhead, and park at the end of the road where the power station is. Alternatively, you can access this trail from Main Street in Newhalem, and cross the suspension bridge over the river.

Links: Find a map of the campground and area trails online here.