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Rockport State Park

The family friendly trails of 670-acre Rockport State Park explore an ancient forest where dappled sunlight illuminates mossy trees and lush ferns -- perfect for a springtime stroll.

From the parking area, the 3-mile Evergreen Trail starts just beyond the restrooms and maintains a mostly easy grade with the only significant climbing along the top of the loop. The well-signed path will keep you going in the right direction when you encounter creeks and service roads. As you hike, notice the rich forest floor, where hidden organisms are recycling downed organic material into nutrients for new plants and food for local wildlife. Then cast your view skyward to the many towering red cedar and Douglas-fir trees, some reaching heights of more than 250 feet.

Along the trail you will cross several quaint wooden bridges where numerous creeks flow down through the park from the top of 5,537-foot Sauk Mountain, which stays snow-covered into late July. Take advantage of one of the many benches to rest and contemplate the variety of dense flora surrounding you. You just may feel as if you've been transported to a primeval forest due to the limited sunlight streaming down through the forest canopy above. For more, add on the 0.5 mile Fern Creek Trail, a mini-loop in the center of the park where some of the area's largest trees can be seen.
Driving Directions:

From I-5 in Burlington, take the North Cascades Highway 20 east for 37 miles to Rockport State Park.

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Rockport State Park — Jan 04, 2014 — Mike
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns | Mudholes | Water on trail
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My first hike of the new year with some nice sunshine. I was getting some possible pictures for ...
    My first hike of the new year with some nice sunshine. I was getting some possible pictures for the upcoming March and April issue of WTA magazine. I have hiked this park several times but today I hiked all the trails except the trail on the other side of Highway 20 that leads down by the Skagit River. Park Rangers were giving tours today which was nice but I was limiting my time on the trails since my wife was sitting in the truck waiting for me. She has had 6 back operations so she can not hike anymore but I share it with her through my videos and pictures.
   I enjoy this park because there are minimal numbers of people on the trails, no camping allowed anymore due to danger of old growth toppling over. You can get some nice pictures of old growth as well a ferns. There is minimal light coming through due to thick canopy overhead so most pictures need a flash. The trails are in good shape since they were cleared a year or two ago from a devastating wind storm that brought down numerous trees. It looks as though they rerouted the Evergreen Trail a little which is where all the trees fell down. This is a trail you can hike year round. You can get some snow but this year has been nice below 2,000 feet to hike without snow.
   If you come here after June I recommend you take the road just to the west of the park and drive up to the trail head at Sauk Mountain and hike it to the top. It has some of the best views of the Skagit Valley. A kid friendly hike for the whole family.
Checkout the video of this hike on my youtube channel at lmm3181 or click on the direct link below.

http://www.youtube.com/watc[…]st=UUqJaSfrcykoO8iBW2vH7rhw

As always get out and see this beautiful state and enjoy your hiking!

Take Care,
Mike
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Rockport State Park — Jan 03, 2014 — Kellbell
Day hike
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This hike lived up to what everyone has been writing about it. It has a wonderfully peaceful feeling...
This hike lived up to what everyone has been writing about it. It has a wonderfully peaceful feeling to it, and I didn't see a single soul the entire time. Something to be aware of though, there was a sign saying the park was closed on either Tuesdays and Thursdays, or Wednesdays and Thursdays. (sorry, I can't remember) For a full trip report with more pics:
http://kellbell-whywouldany[…]/01/first-hike-of-2014.html
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Rockport State Park — Nov 17, 2013 — Bob and Barb
Day hike
Features: Fall foliage
Issues: Water on trail
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This is one of our favorite rainy day hikes. We hiked the Evergreen, West Loop Interpretive Trail, a...
This is one of our favorite rainy day hikes. We hiked the Evergreen, West Loop Interpretive Trail, and Fern Creek Trail. These are beautiful trails which travel through an old growth forest of firs, cedars, hemlock, maples and vine maples. The lush understory of ferns and moss covered stumps and the moss covered trees all add to the beauty of the trail. We had a light rain all day. There were many varieties of mushrooms. The trails were in good condition.
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Rockport State Park — Sep 08, 2013 — Roxana
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming | Fall foliage
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Beautiful day for a beautiful hike! Not as many viewpoints as what we've been doing lately, but the ...
Beautiful day for a beautiful hike! Not as many viewpoints as what we've been doing lately, but the forest beauty can not be beat. Gentle inclines and declines are great for anyone looking for an easy, short hike. Lots of wildlife about today, including quite a few garter snakes! The view loops include good peaks through the foliage at the creek below and mountains beyond.
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Rockport State Park — Sep 02, 2013 — DawgFanEric
Day hike
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This is a wonderful hike. It's perfect for people who love a shady, mossy hike through gorgeous old-...
This is a wonderful hike. It's perfect for people who love a shady, mossy hike through gorgeous old-growth. It's right off the highway (Hwy 20) and easy to find. Trails are wonderfully maintained and well-marked. Facilities are top-notch (maybe the first full-plumbing bathrooms I've seen at a trailhead). We hiked the Evergreen Trail and wished we'd had more time to explore more of the loops.

It's easy to take forested trails like this for granted (perhaps why we saw only one other person there even on Labor Day weekend) since they don't have the payoff of a great view at the summit of a mountain. But for those who delight in the beauty of a northwest forest, visit this park!
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A hiker is dwarfed by the towering firs at Rockport State Park. Photo by Kim Brown.
Location
North Cascades -- West Slope
Rockport State Park
Statistics
Roundtrip 3.0 miles
Elevation Gain 250 ft
Highest Point 750 ft
Features
Old growth
User info
Good for kids
Dogs allowed on leash
Discover Pass required
Guidebooks & Maps
Day Hiking: North Cascades (Romano - Mountaineers Books)
Green Trails Darrington No. 78
Rockport State Park Trail Map

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