In Skagit Valley and the areas around Mount Vernon, you’ll find over 50 maintained public and community trails, which means there is probably an opportunity for a great hike within a reasonable distance from wherever you choose to check out Skagit County homes for sale. In this article, we focus on shorter hikes – hikes that are under five miles. If you’re looking for a longer adventure, check out our other piece about hikes that are over five miles.
Kulshan Trail is the pedestrian’s gateway to downtown Mount Vernon and the surrounding dining and entertainment establishments and residential communities. A paved trail that meanders by several schools, parks and other areas of interest, Kulshan is an even five miles round-trip, and isn’t a very difficult walk at all. This trail is perfect for biking, running, skating, pet owners and just plain walking, so it’s important to stay alert.
This is another easy trail, with paved paths and just over one mile one-way. Trumpeter Trail is used for many activities; grab your bike, roller blades, skateboard, running shoes or your animal companion and enjoy a calm stroll or quick jaunt. Composed of mostly straight lines, it’s one of the nicest trails for measuring the distance of your walk without the aid of the latest fitness device.
Skagit County Playfields Trail
If you’re a fan of irregular loops in the three-mile range, the Skagit County Playfields Trail is your cup of tea…or walk out of the park. Encompassing the campus of Skagit Valley College, this trail is perfect for students and faculty who need some quick exercise between, before or after classes. The trail is unpaved but is maintained and accessible most or all of the year.
Offering some amazing vistas and scenic overlooks, Sauk Mountain is an easy hike at only 4.2 miles round-trip. Zig-zagging through the sometimes dense forest, you’ll find the chance to take the scenic route and hike down to Sauk Lake (about a thousand feet in elevation) for an additional mile or so one-way. Breathtaking full-circle views atop the hill are ideal for panoramic photos.
If walking along the water is your style, then following the dike on Padilla Bay is sure to please. With a round-trip distance of just under five miles, it’s great for occupying a bored spring or summer afternoon. Pack a snack and breathe the bay air while enjoying this easy trail.
Whether you’re looking for a lazy walk or a more strenuous hike, you’ll find just what you’re looking for in Skagit County and the fantastic trails in the area. Regardless of the weather or time of year, a pleasant time exercising outdoors is just a quick drive away. There’s some additional helpful information about some of these trails and a lot more in this printable brochure from the Skagit County Parks & Recreation Department. If you’ve got questions about Skagit County homes for sale, contact the Dominic Pettruzzelli Real Estate Team at 360-610-7256. Stay safe and happy hiking!
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