Newhalem Area Trails

Trail through old growth forest.
One of many inviting trails in the Newhalem area.

Linda Seifried

Many hours can be spent exploring trails in the vicinity of Newhalem. From valley paths to accessible boardwalks, there is variety and reward for everyone. Enjoy!

Sterling Munro Viewpoint

This accessible 330 foot (100 m) boardwalk offers excellent views of the Picket Range up the Goodell Creek drainage. The trail begins from outside the northwest corner of the North Cascades Visitor Center.

River Loop Trail

The 1.8 mile (2.9 km) loop begins from the northeast corner of the North Cascades Visitor Center, leading through a variety of forest growth to a peaceful gravel bar with sweeping river views. This trail gives access to loops A & B in Newhalem Creek Campground and the amphitheater.

Rock Shelter Trail

Starts 0.3 miles (0.5 km) east along the service road past Newhalem Creek Campground Loop C, 40 yards (35 m) beyond the steel grated Newhalem Creek Bridge. The path is wheelchair accessible; 1000 ft (300 m) long with easy grades. View a 1,400 year old hunting camp sheltered by a large boulder along side Newhalem Creek, or take a side trail 1600 ft (500 m) to an old growth cedar glade near Newhalem Creek.

A family explores a nurse log along Trail of the Cedars.
A family explores a nurse log along Trail of the Cedars.

NPS Photo / Rosemary Seifried

"Trail of the Cedars" Nature Walk

Begins at suspension bridge in Newhalem or from the Newhalem Creek Powerhouse at the end of the service road beyond Loop C in Newhalem Creek Campground. This easy 0.3 mile (0.5 km) gravel loop meanders along the banks of the Skagit River through stands of old growth forest.

Falls in flume, Ladder Creek Falls Trail
Flumes and falls along the Ladder Creek Trail.

Linda Seifried

Ladder Creek Falls

Located behind the Gorge Powerhouse in Upper Newhalem, this 0.4 mile (0.6 km) loop trail showcases the power of nature. It leads to Ladder Creek Falls and through manicured gardens that have been delighting visitors to the Skagit Hydroelectric Project for over 75 years. Cross the foot suspension bridge to the powerhouse and follow the signs. Some steep steps with handrails. Flashlight advisable at night.


Camping: Car camping is available at nearby Newhalem Creek and Goodell Creek campgrounds. There is no backcountry camping near any of these short trails.

Access: The town of Newhalem is located along State Route 20 at mile 120. Many trails begin from the North Cascades National Park Visitor Center, located across the Skagit River (watch for signs). Trails also begin from the Newhalem Campground, or from the town of Newhalem.

Wilderness logo of wolf howling at moon.
Ninety-three percent of North Cascades National Park Service Complex is designated as the Stephen Mather Wilderness, set aside by law for "the American people of present and future generations" for our protection and enjoyment. Please follow all Leave No Trace hiking and camping practices to reduce your impact on this special place and leave it unimpaired for future generations.

Last updated: August 19, 2022

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