West Skagit County Hikes and Walks

Rosario Head Cliffs

Rosario Head Cliffs

I get guests who are looking to get out and take a hike or walk, but not a ‘North Cascade Adventure.’  A jaunt in the woods, around a lake, along a river or slough or near the beach.  Day hike or walk, if you will.  I am pretty experienced in this and have put together a list of short hikes that also may suit you.

The nearest town or geographical area is listed along with a very short description.  The link takes you to a more detailed description and usually maps.  I am personally familiar with most of these trails.  A few of these trails in the Deception Pass Park area are actually in northern Island County.

Chuckanut Drive Area

Clayton Beach

Fragrance Viewpoint


Squires Lake County Park. Walking trails.

Alger Alp via Squires Lake


Boardwalk along the Swinomish Slough 

Padilla Dike Trail. Walking and biking trail along the sea shore.

Kukutali Preserve. Kiket and Flagstaff Islands. Walking trail, Discover Pass Required for parking.  Managed by State Parks and Swinomish Tribe.

Mount Vernon

Little Mountain City Park. Walking, hiking and mountain biking trails within city limits

Kulshan Trail. Urban walking and biking trail

Riverwalk. Boardwalk along the Skagit River, downtown Mount Vernon.


Anacortes Forest Lands and Mt. Erie.  Walking and hiking trails west and south of Anacortes.

Tommy Thompson Trail. Paved walking and biking trail from downtown Anacortes to March Point


Cascade Trail. Twenty-two mile graveled biking and walking railroad bed between Sedro-Woolley and Concrete.  I can personally recommend the stretch between Birdsview and Concrete as the best.  If cycling, mountain or hybrid tires are a must.

Fir Island/Conway

Wiley Slough. Discover Pass required at this State Fish and Wildlife Unit

Lake McMurray to Snohomish

Centennial Trail. paved walk/bike trail 26 miles from near Lake McMurray to Snohomish

Deception Pass Area, Full Map Here

Bowman’s Bay. Several trails that all start and end at the parking lot at bowman’s Bay.  Discover Pass required to park.  I like to take the Bowman’s Bay trail toward Rosario Head, see photo above, and back.  Or the Lottie’s Bay and Lighthouse Trails, and back.

Sharpe Park – Sares Head. Woodsy and great western water views. (My own post here.)

Hoypus Landing

Hoypus Landing

Coronet Bay. An easy out and back walk along the old road to the Hoypus Ferry Landing.  Discover Pass required.

Goose Rock and area. Whidbey side of the park, hike to the highest point on Whidbey island. A very large erratic rock now in Coupeville was plucked from this area and transported by glaciers.

Ala Spit. Not part of the Park but a nice public beach walk, south and east of Deception Pass State Park on the NE side of Whidbey Island.

Bluff Trail.      Not technically in West Skagit County, but close enough, not too far south of Deception Pass State Park.  This trail is totally exposed to the weather, so pick a warm and calm day.

Ala Spit

Ala Spit


Dennis’til next time,
Dennis George
Highland Garden House B & B
501 E. Highland Ave.
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
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