Extending from the family-friendly Wetland Wildlife Interpretive Trail at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, the Skagit–Sauk Reach Trail stretches toward the confluence of the Skagit and Sauk Rivers before looping back toward the camping area at the park.
The gentle terrain of this trail offers access to the banks of the Wild and Scenic Skagit River, mountain views and prime bird-watching opportunities. Begin by exploring the short interpretive loop, where informational signs highlight the area’s wildlife and plant life and the important relationship between the two.
From the loop’s far end, continue west through the grassy, wooded landscape, where spur trails lead to the banks of the river. From the shoreline, cast your gaze upward, toward the trees; you’ll likely spot bald eagles perched above the river.
The path leads north, then east, as the loop makes its way back to its starting point, skirting the boundary between an open, grassy meadow and a stand of deciduous trees. Keep your eyes peeled for deer grazing in the grass and for birds, such as hawks and ravens, soaring overhead.