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Rockport State Park

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
48.4880, -121.6142 Map & Directions
Length
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
250 feet
Highest Point
750 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
A hiker is dwarfed by the towering firs at Rockport State Park. Photo by Kim Brown.
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash

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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. Continue reading

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Hiking 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.

Wheelchair Accessibility

The Evergreen Trail/West Loop Interpretive Trail are the dedicated ADA-accessible trails here. Please check the Rockport State Park map for more information.

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Rockport State Park

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.4880, -121.6142 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Getting There

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

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Trailhead

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

Washington State Parks

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: North Cascades (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails Darrington No. 78

Rockport State Park Trail Map

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