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Marblemount Boat Launch Trail

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
48.5262, -121.4274 Map & Directions
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
0 feet
Highest Point
300 feet
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Mountain views from the Skagit River Trail. Photo by Muledeer. Full-size image
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers

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This is a nice little leg stretcher just off the North Cascades Highway. Especially good in winter, when the highway is closed, and the eagles are feeding along the Skagit River. Continue reading

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Hiking Marblemount Boat Launch Trail

The Skagit River hosts one of the largest populations of wintering bald eagles in the continental US, and you can look for them perched in the trees along the river searching for a meal of salmon. Besides the eagles, the Skagit here is designated a Wild and Scenic River, making this short walk a particularly lovely one.

Find the trail sign and kiosk with a map of the trail. The trail follows along the bank where the Cascade River meets the Skagit River. First walk alongside the Skagit River. There is plenty of river access all along this flat trail for watching for eagles or throwing rocks in the water.  Where the two rivers come together, there is a path leading to a nice bench with a view.  The trail makes a bend and now follows alongside the Cascade River.

This area once was a grassy field, it was replanted with cedar and Douglas fir several years ago and it now becoming woods instead of a field. The trail is a bit further away from the river now, but there are side paths that lead down to the river, be sure and take one, the view up the Cascade River valley to the snow- covered peaks beyond is spectacular! The trail just ends at a gate by the road, turn around and head back the way you came. 

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Hike Description Written by
Linda Roe, WTA Correspondent

Marblemount Boat Launch Trail

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.5262, -121.4274 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Take Highway 20, the North Cascades Highway, to Marblemount. As the main highway makes a sharp bend, stay straight and get onto the Cascade River Road. Cross the Skagit River on the bridge, then turn right into the large boat launch parking lot. There is a sanican available for the bathroom. 

If you are a boater, there is a voluntary river closure for boats 12/26 -2/28 between 5:00 a.m. and 11 a.m. so as not to disturb the eagles as they feed.

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North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

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Marblemount Boat Launch Trail

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