Now we are building trails at Northern State Recreation Area (NSRA), a Skagit County Park located in Sedro-Woolley, WA. As part of a larger plan and collaborative effort between the City of Sedro Woolley, Port of Skagit, and Skagit County Parks and Rec, we have done work to connect and improve properties owned by these three entities.
In 2019 we completed a bridge that connects the Port of Skagit SWIFT Campus Center to Northern State Recreation Area. We also built the Brickyard Creek Trail connecting the SWIFT Campus to the future site of a city park at Thompson Pond.
In early 2020, we completed the first half of the Pump House Trail on the east side of Hill Creek at Northern State Recreation Area.
After taking some time off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we started the work again in 2021 which included removing invasive ivy at Thompson Pond.
Our plan for 2022-2023 is to complete the Pump House Loop Trail at Northern State Recreation Area. We recently completed the bridge at the south end of Hill Creek. We are extending the trail on along the west side of the creek to create a loop. This will connect to the Pump House Trail by a second small pedestrian bridge at the north end of Hill Creek. When completed, the total trail length will about 2 miles.
To date, over 4,700 hours have been volunteered at the trail site. It takes about 2000 volunteer hours to complete 1 mile of trail. This number can vary greatly depending on many factors, like weather, terrain, equipment, and materials.
Trail map and signage is a project managed by Skagit County Parks and Recreation. We do not have a confirmed date as to when this project will begin.