Outdoors

Weekend Getaway

DEEP FOREST EXPERIENCE

WHAT: Rockport State Park staff and volunteers are leading guided hikes through ancient, old growth forest this winter at the North Cascades park. The park is home to several 250-foot-tall, 300-year-old Douglas firs. There is a historical marker in honor of David Douglas, the horticulturalist who discovered the type of tree in 1825. The Deep Forest Experience concludes with a craft session in the visitor center and refreshments around a campfire.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays-Sundays until Feb. 15.

WHERE: Rockport State Park.

GETTING THERE: Take Interstate 5 north to Burlington. Follow state Route 20 east toward Rockport. The park is located on the left about a mile before the town of Rockport.

OF NOTE: While in the area, look for bald eagles congregating along the Skagit River. The best viewing is from Rockport to Marblemount. The park is closed Wednesdays and Thursdays until March 31. The campground has been closed indefinitely because of hazardous trees. Camping is available at nearby Rasar State Park.

HISTORY: The park opened in 1961 and is named after the nearby town of Rockport. According to the State Parks website, the state acquired the 670 acres from the Sound Timber Company for $1 in 1935 after the company refused to log the area.

FEE: A $10 per day or $30 per year Discover Pass is required to access all state recreation lands.

MORE INFO: parks.wa.gov, 360-853-8461.

Craig Hill, craig.hill@thenewstribune.com

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