This short, self guided nature trail near Newhalem lets visitors see a wide variety of native plants and animals along this hike that is great for kids.
The wheelchair-friendly loop trail offers a moderate grade, benches and interpretive signs.
Start at the end of Main Street in Newhalem, after crossing the suspension bridge across the Skagit River, meandering along the nature trail and stopping at each sign that tells a story or offers good information on the plants and animals that surround you.
Visitors can touch the stringy bark and smell the fragrance of towering Western red cedars that line the trail. Don't forget to see how many trees in the area you can identify, like giant cedars, maples, paper birch, Douglas Fir, and Pacific Yew.
Your route ends at the Newhalem Powerhouse, the oldest operating building in the Skagit system.