North Cascades National Park Newhalem Area Trails

Distance - one way

Varies by trail

Elevation gain

Varies by trail

Use

Hiking only

Difficulty

Easy

Sterling Munro Trail

This universally accessible 330 foot (100 m) boardwalk trail offers excellent views of the Picket Range up the Goodell Creek drainage. Begins just outside the northwest corner of the North Cascades Visitor Center.

River Loop Trail

The 1.8 mile (2.9 km) loop starts from the northeast corner of the North Cascades Visitor Center, leading through a variety of forest growth to a peaceful gravel bar with sweeping river views. This trail gives access to loops A & B in Newhalem Creek Campground, the amphitheater and "To Know a Tree" trail.

"To Know a Tree" Nature Trail

Accessible from points near the Newhalem Creek Campground entrance station and amphitheater. Mostly level, 0.5 miles (0.8 km), with packed gravel surface. Skirts the campground, follows the river, wanders among large trees, and lush understory growth. Find plaques interpreting common trees and plants along the way.

Rock Shelter Trail

Starts 0.3 miles (0.5 km) east along the service road past Newhalem Creek Campground loops C & D, 40 yards (35 m) beyond the steel grated Newhalem Creek Bridge. Path is wheelchair accessible; 1000 ft (300 m) long with easy grades. View a 1,400 year old hunting camp sheltered by a large boulder along side Newhalem Creek, or take a side trail 1600 ft (500 m) to an old growth cedar glade near Newhalem Creek.

"Trail of the Cedars" Nature Walk

Accessible via the River Loop Trail or Linking Trail, or from Main Street in Newhalem via a foot suspension bridge, this easy 0.3 mile (0.5 km) gravel loop meanders along the banks of the Skagit River through stands of old growth forest. Interpretative displays explore forest relationships. This trail is courtesy of Seattle City Light.

Ladder Creek Falls

Located behind the Gorge Powerhouse, this 0.4 mile (0.6 km) loop trail showcases the power of nature. It leads to Ladder Creek Falls and through manicured gardens that have been delighting visitors to the Skagit Hydroelectric Project for over 75 years. Cross the foot suspension bridge to the powerhouse and follow the signs. Some steep steps with handrails. Flashlight advisable at night. This trail courtesy of Seattle City Light.

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