Skagit River Trail

Skagit River Trail near Hope Airport, BC


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
26 kms
6hours
easy
Hiking
Spring, Summer
Hope Airport, BC
User mschlamp
One-way: 13 km. Time: 6 hours
Trailhead: UTM WGS84 10U 0639789 e 5452476 n, lat/long: 49°14.839’, W 121°02.703’

This walk in the woods passes through an ecological reserve of old-growth forest. In June (the best time to use this trail), wild Rhododendrons come into bloom.

Directions:

Head east on Old Hope-Princeton Way. Take Exit 177 onto Hwy #3 toward Manning Provincial Park. Continue 29.5 km and park at the Sumallo Grove Picnic Area on the right. The trail is clearly marked.



Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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By happyhopersPosted By: happyhopers  - Sun Jul 07 20:15:51 UTC 2013 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Beautiful old trees, nice flat hike, easily reached by car if starting at the Sumallo Grove side. There are also two bear lockers at the camp for food storage and there was one picnic table there. Comment We just hiked into DeLacy to do a practice run with the backpacks. We missed the rhododendrons but didn't miss the mosquitoes. We enjoyed a quiet night, we didn't see anyone on the trail once we crossed the bridge out of Sumallo Grove. It was perfect to do a trail backpacking run. We got to to campsite in just under an hour and enjoyed a breathtaking dip into the Skagit to cool down. The trail looks like it is in the process of being brushed out, there were lots of bucked up trees along the trail and on the way into the camp the brush had been trimmed back.
By vpigeonPosted By: vpigeon  - Thu Jun 30 04:18:18 UTC 2011 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Beautful trail, only 400 m. ascent over 15 kms. Downside A few flooded areas in late June 2011, requiring a bit of tiptoeing. Mosquitoes along the south 1/2 of the trail Comment This is a 15 km trail that is best done with 2 groups, 1 parking at Sumallo Grove day use area along Hway 3, the other at the south end, near the 26 Mile Bridge day use area on Skagit River Road.

Access to the north end is off Hway 3, as indicated in Directions above.

Access to the south end is from Exit 168, Trans Canada Highway, also known as Flood-Hope Road. Then, turn south on Silver Skagit Road and drive south 40 kms to 26 Mile Bridge (gravel road, but in very good condition). There is a day use area where you can park, but I suggest you drive across the bridge over the Skagit River another 500 m or so south to the trailhead (on left side of the road, marked with a sign, has some parking).

Trail is 15 kms, with main ascent and descent approx 2 kms north of south TH. Just south of this hill is a rhododendron grove over approx 300 m. In bloom and spectacular in June.

The 2 groups can exchange car keys when they meet for lunch approx 1/2 way. Have a contingency plan in case 1 group can't make it (eg, flooded areas, injuries, etc... the group turning back should leave a clear note informing the other group they have turned back, or have other means of communication).

Just south of the Delacey campground, there is a trail leading east approx 600-700 m uphill to another rhododendron patch (see GPS data). However, in light of the effort to get to it and the small size of the patch, it is not really worthwhile if you'll go through the large patch near the south end.
By TMJPosted By: TMJ  - Thu May 26 05:29:42 UTC 2011 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Easy Trail
Beautiful scenery through the forest, and along the river


Downside No Campfires
No fishing till June 1st & only catch and release
Rhododendrons not blooming yet (21 May)
Comment We camped at Delacey camp, hiked in from the Skagit Road side at 26 Mile Bridge Day use area. The skagit river was incredibly high this last weekend, no blooming Rhododendrons, just starting to bud. Didn't see any wildlife, other than the small mammals. We wondered around the next day and hiked up to Sumallo Grove, and checked out the old mine and campsite very cool. A must see on the trip!
By jearsyPosted By: jearsy  - Sat Jun 05 18:23:24 UTC 2010 This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars Upside Very very easy and short Downside There really isn't that many interesting views except being along the river. Comment I have done this trial once and it was alright, if I have a whole bunch of young hikers then I would take them to this trial but with the main group we usually go else where.
By HopehikerPosted By: Hopehiker  - Sun Jun 14 20:38:00 UTC 2009 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside No bears at all Downside We got caught in 2 different thunder cells, rained like crazy, and had just been suntanning by the river. Campfires would be nice. Comment Trail is well maintained, the spot to be picked up is @ 41.5km from the lights at Silver Skagit road, and is just south of 26 mile day use area.
By bigbadbarryPosted By: bigbadbarry  - Fri Jun 10 04:50:13 UTC 2005 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Rhododendrons in June,close campsites, Beautiful river,good Road in from Silver Hope, lots of wildlife,BEARS! Downside Steep areas, You really are out there so be prepared, BEARS! Comment This is a truley Beautiful Hike,in June you will see a Rhododendron Grove that will knock your socks off!Lots of Bears, be Carefull and alert. The Trail half way to Manning Park is Pretty wild but good, be carefull around steep areas, access from Manning Park is easy to find, this is a long hike end to end but can be enjoyed even if you just hike to the Rhodo's.The area has lots of different vegitation and formations to see so pack a lunch and enjoy, Allways be Prepared when hiking in this area, it is pretty far out there!
By bigbadbarryPosted By: bigbadbarry  - Fri Jun 10 04:36:22 UTC 2005 Not Rated
By shelmerPosted By: shelmer  - Sat May 28 21:37:32 UTC 2005 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Quite flat and easy to follow. Bears (if you like bears) Comment Encountered 2 bears on this trail.
By DerrickPosted By: Derrick  - Thu Feb 24 06:12:51 UTC 2005 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Great trail running.


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