20 – Port of Skagit Nature Trails

All with a rating of “easy”, I decided to stop at the Port of Skagit Nature Trails to hike a few more miles on “more friendly” terrain for a cool down hike after my trek down and up Little Mountain (see Hike #19 – Little Mountain) before driving home. The Nature Trails wind through forests, around wetlands and pass by the Skagit Regional Airport. An added bonus, watching airplanes take off as I followed the trails.

Another plane about to lift off . . . at the Skagit Regional Airport

There is no doubt about the fact that they are easy trails, but I actually found them to be a tad boring and not as desireable as other nature trails I frequent. Often following the Josh Wilson Road, Ovenell Road, Higgins Airport Way and the Farm-to-Market Road, because these trails are so near the Bayview Business & Industrial Park and the airport, even with that added bonus of watching airplanes take off, there was much more truck traffic than I like. Garbage trucks, semi trucks, big trucks, lots of them, all distracting while on a nature trail! There was a nice view of the mountains across the Skagit Valley to enjoy though – once I was able to ignore all that traffic and look beyond those busy roads.

Along the trail . . . mountain view in the distance

With just over ten miles of trails in this system, today’s hike included only about four miles worth. Hearing frogs croak and seeing several red winged blackbirds along the wetlands, I enjoyed that portion of these nature trails the most!

Me . . . along the Port of Skagit Nature Trails

Even with all the truck traffic around the area, the fact that there are ten miles worth of trails here does make this a good place to stop if you have just a couple of hours and want to get a little exercise. You can go here – http://www.beactiveskagit.org/uploads/Port%20Trail%20System.pdf  – for a map of the trails, and here – http://www.portofskagit.com/environmental-stewardship/public-walking-trails/?/nature-trails-environmental/public-walking-trails/ – for more information on the Port of Skagit walking trails.

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