SAUK MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT HIKE
Backdropping the little town of Rockport is Sauk Mountain. At
highway milepost 96, graveled Sauk Mountain Road
heads north seven miles to a trailhead/parking area
with spectacular views of snow-capped peaks and river
valleys. A switchback trail proceeds up to the top of
the mountain, where an fire lookout once was
stationed. Behind the mountain to the north lies icy
blue Sauk Lake, headwater for Swift Creek.
The upper Skagit River Valley is a year-round scenic wildlife corridor.
Of particular note is that the river system provides an important winter feeding area for
America's feathered symbol, the Bald Eagle.
Concentrations of up to 700 eagles have been spotted
feeding and roosting between Rockport and Marblemount
during the December to February period each year.
Good places to see and photograph eagles are the
Skagit River bridge at Rockport, the highway parking
area at milepost 100, and at Washington Eddy. Winter
float trips are available for those who want to get a bit closer.
BIRDWATCHING AT BARNABY SLOUGH
This area has attracted a growing number of small business
entrepreneurs. Local artists and crafters create unique items using the area's natural resources.
Pottery, large wood carvings, organic farming,
hand-made crafts and forestry products are just a few of the businesses in the area.