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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.

EAGLE-WATCHING

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.

BACK-ROADS CYCLING

BIRDWATCHING AT BARNABY SLOUGH

SHOPPING

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.