Fun Nailed along the Cascade Trail
Join me in a spirited 21-mile walk along the Cascade Trail from the trailhead in Sedro-Woolley to Miga Asian Cuisine (44618 Hwy 20) in Concrete, WA, for beer and a bite. There will be a car ride back to the trailhead from Miga's. ARRIVE EARLY AS DEPARTURE WILL BE AT 10:30 a.m. sharp.
Bring: proper walking shoes and socks, weather appropriate clothing (layers recommended), water, some kind of pack to carry your belongings, toilet tissue and a plastic baggie just in case, snacks for the trail, rain gear, moleskin or whatever blister prevention/care of your choosing, gloves, hat, phone, camera, your favorite walking stick or poles. This is a full day walk covering 21 miles, so be physically and mentally prepared to keep moving for 7 hours.
The flat and friendly Cascade Trail runs 22.5 miles in length and connects Sedro-Woolley and Concrete. The trail parallels State Route 20. The surface is crushed rock and there is adequate parking for vehicles and horse trailers at Fruitdale Road, SR 20, and Challenger Crossing. The trail is open year round and Port-a-potties are located at the trailheads. Take time to sit and enjoy the Skagit River from one of the ten benches on the trail. The benches were provided by the Boy Scouts of America "Eagle Scout" program. The trailhead begins at 24700 SR 20 in Sedro-Woolley and there is free parking.
In 1983, Congress enacted and amendment to the National Trails System Act directing the Interstate Commerce Commission to allow about-to-be abandoned railroad lines to be "railbanked," or set aside for future transportation use while being used as trails in the interim. In essence, this law preempts rail corridor abandonment, keeping the corridors intact as trails or for other transportation uses in the future.
In 1986 there were only seventy-five known rail-trails in the United States today there are more than one thousand for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy. Cascade Trail is one of these "rail banked," corridors. An excellent book on the Washington and Oregon Rails-to-Trails is "THE OFFICIAL RAILS-TO-TRAILS CONSERVANCY GUIDEBOOK" by Mia Barbera Copyright 2001 ISBN 0-7627-0696-1.
See photos of the trail here: https://www.skagitcounty.net/Departments/ParksAndRecreation/parks/cascadetrail.htm
January 30, 2019
10:30am - 5:30pm