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Skagit-Sauk Reach Trail — Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017

North Cascades
Skagit-Sauk Reach Trail by HeatherD
Me and another Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest Eagle Watcher volunteer, took leave or our spotting scope on the bridge to warm up inside the Skagit River Eagle Interpretive Center, and then joined visitors on a walk guided by Ranger Matt. Starting from Rockport's Howard Miller Steelhead Park we followed the Wetland Wildlife Trail rather than the Skagit-Sauk Reach Trail for a short distance (see map). The trailhead is located at the west end of the park and is clearly marked. The trail meanders along the Wild and Scenic (Skagit) River with interpretive signs on spawning salmon and the winter eagle population. Our group walked .5 (1 mile RT) mile to a beautiful spot where the Sauk River joins the Skagit River. The flat, easy trail was covered in 6-8 inches of new snow. The eagles were out in numbers riding the thermals. Eagle Watcher information booths with spotting scopes will be set up Saturdays and Sundays through January 28th from 10 am to 3 pm at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, Milepost 100, and Marblemount Fish Hatchery.