The Secrets of Rockport and Marblemount

Rockport is a small town in Washington that host a fine State Park and a popular County Park. You can go to Rockport by heading east on State Route 20 from I5 at Burlington, or reach there via Arlington and Darrington on State Route 530. There is a tavern and gas store in the town.

Marblemount is another small town and several miles drive from Rockport. Good facilities for tourists like gas, groceries, lodging, post office and restaurants available in this small town. From here starts the scenic 87 miles drive in wilderness  along the North Cascades Highway. The famous Skagit River Resort lies halfway between Rockport and Marblemount. After you cross the Skagit River bridge, you can take the Cascade River Road that head east into the National park. This 22 miles primitive drive is laden with visual delight. You will have amazing views of mountains, blue glaciers and waterfalls.

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Marblemount

There are two small beautiful towns of Newhalem and Diablo, along the State Route 20. Many trails, dams hydroelectric projects located around the towns and hiking can be done from these places. However, there is no facilities except a grocery store in Newhalem.

Marblemount and Rockport are  on the last river plain in the Upper Skagit River Valley as you undertake a drive on the North Cascades Highway. The highway takes the route of Indians, pioneer wagons and pack trains  as it passes through the valley along the up river course on the way to the North Cascades mountains. The Skagit River flows into Puget Sound about 60 miles west of Marblemount.

Theses days the area is bustling with small business entrepreneurs. Local artists and crafts are making full use of area’s natural resources to design their unique products. Potteries, big wood carvings, green products, hand-designed crafts, and wood crafts can be purchased here. The climate is moderate, with summer highs in the 90’s and the winter lows varies from 10′ to 30′.

It is important to note that though the highway across the North Cascades Passes closes in winter, the towns of Marblemount and Rockport remain accessible year-round for tourists coming from the Puget Sound region.

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Skagit River Resort

Alpine hiking in the Sauk Mountain trail is very popular spot. To reach here turn north on the access road that meet Highway 20 just west of Rockport State Park, and continue your drive  up the root of the mountain till you reach the parking area.  It provides an amazing view of the Skagit River Valley below. You can go for hang-gliding here. Sauk Mountain trail starts from this place and switchbacks up the south face of Sauk and near the top the trail crosses around an eastern outcropping, and continues up to the place of the former fire tower.

If you want to stay in the area for a day or two you have Skagit River Resort in the vicinity. The resort has all facilities including small parking and eatery. Marble mount is just 2.5 miles from here.

 

5 Places to Visit in Concrete, WA

Concrete is a neighbouring town of Newhalem. The beautiful small town is just 20 minutes drive from Newhalem. Like Newhalem, Concrete has  many tourist attractions. In this post we are going to explore 5 awesome places to visit i Concrete, Washington.

Ready? Come, explore with me!

Sauk Mountain Trail

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 Going on hiking across the trail is pretty strenuous, but worth doing. The slope of the trail is steep, rocky, narrow and slippery. The trail is 7 miles long and takes around 3-4 hours to climb. Many tourist climb this trail as warm-up before heading to North Cascades. The scenery around is stunning. Your soul will be pleased when confronted with divine beauty of Mt. Baker, Sauk River and Skagit river as you climb. There are also many varieties of wildflowers and wildlife. At the summit you will have a 360 degree view.

Lake Tyee

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Lake Tyee is a 55 acre private Lake located in foothill of North Cascade Range, four miles north to Concrete town. The astounding lake has been converted to a resort. There is artificial sandy beach at the shores of the lake. The well maintained place is serene and peaceful. There are lot of activities go all the time in the resort. The proper also houses a basketball court, a put put golf, baseball and tennis field. The place is a great weekend escape.

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

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The place needs no introduction. This forest is one of the most visited forests in the country. The region is a great place with many camping and hiking facilities available for the visitors. You will find a plenty of glacial covered peaks, old forests, and stunning mountain meadows. The place is around 25 miles away from Concrete – the nearest town.

Howard Miller Steelhead Park

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The beautiful park is located between The Skagit River and North Cascades. This place is an ideal place if you are looking a peaceful escape and away from hustle bustle of city life. There are some easy and beautiful trails along the river for visitors to explore. There are lot of fishing activities. The place is very clean and well-maintained and has ample space for parking.

Concrete Heritage Museum

The historic Concrete Heritage Museum entertains visitors with stories of the rich history of the town, artefacts and items of yesteryear.  The museum is previously called Camp Seven Museums. The place is a must visit if you wanna learn histories and geography of the region.

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Finally, don’t forget to visit the historic Concrete High School, where a young Leonardo Di Caprio shoot “The Boy’s Life”. The main building of the  high school was built as an overpass to provide a rain-protected bus loading zone. Drive down under and enjoy the thrill.