This is a good hike for beginners and people with a sore back like me :)
The Skagit River Trail is one of the most pleasant hikes in south-western of British Columbia.
This hike requires a two-car shuttle unless you are prepared for a 29 km round trip march. We did only half of the hike, the other half can wait. We started from the upstream end of the trail; on Sumallo Grove.
Skagit River Trail was one part of the Whatcom Trail, built in 1858 to provide access from the US to Hudson's Bay Company brigade trails in the BC Interior and the gold fields of the Fraser Canyon. But the guy who build it, US Engineer Captain Walter DeLacy, dragged it across three 2000-meter-high mountains. Seems that the people didn't like it because two months after its official opening, the 430-kilometer trail was abandoned.
Thirty minutes later we found an unmarked trail leading to a waterfall.
Next to the waterfall we saw an old mine entrance and a decrepit cabin where we had lunch.
Down the cabin you can see an old Ford truck, its speedometer only goes as high as 60 mph
Back on the Trail and if you are on the right time (mid-June) you can follow another trail to see the flowering of wild rhododendrons.
Ferns, huckleberry and large western red cedars were on our way. Some roots of western red cedars have been exposed where the river has undercut the bank..
At kilometre 6 we reached the Ecological Reserve No. 89 created in 1978 to protect the cottonwood stands along the Skagit River. Ten minutes later we stopped and we took a short break.
What a magnificent sight we had watching Cedar and Douglas-firs everywhere.
Round trip: 13 km (8.13 miles)
Time: 5 hours (including breaks