A new 1.5 mile loop trail along the Sauk River near Darrington is now available thanks to Seattle City Light funding that is part of the utility’s license to operate the Skagit Hydroelectric Project.
The new trail, located just off the popular Mountain Loop Highway, is ADA accessible and connects to the longer Old Sauk River Trail.
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest District Ranger Peter Forbes of the US Forest Service, Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin, and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) opened the trail with a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 25.
The settlement agreement for the Skagit Hydroelectric Project’s license includes a program to support recreational opportunities within North Cascades National Park and the Skagit Wild and Scenic River System. Some of that funding was used by the Forest Service to design and build the trail.