Skagit Watershed Letterbox Trail
Have fun outdoors with the 2021 Skagit Watershed Letterbox Trail!
Letterboxing is an exciting opportunity for kids of all ages to explore our local watersheds and have fun while doing so! All you need is the Skagit Watershed passport, a pencil, outdoor attire, a smart phone (unless you want to unplug) and a sense of adventure!
This year the Skagit Watershed Letterbox Trail consists of three separate trails in Skagit County. You can discover one trail, or all three!
To participate, print out the passport , pick your trail and head out! Once on the trail, find each letterbox station which contains fun & educational content and activities. When you have found a letterbox station draw something creative on the passport to document you have been there.
Once you have visited at least two trails, email a photo of your passport to email@example.com to qualify for a prize! Winners will be announced September 16th.
Pomona Grange Park Trail
Pomona Grange Park is one of many Skagit County Parks. Located 3.5 miles off Cook Road on Old HWY 99, this park has two trails. The first trail is approximately 1/4 mile and has 18 interpretative signs of local plants and trees. The second trail, 1/8 mile, is adjacent to Friday Creek and leads to the Washington State Fish Hatchery. One of the cedar nurse stumps has five species of trees growing from it! The trail also has a footbridge that gives one access to Friday Creek. In fall of the year, salmon can be seen spawning there.
This Trail is located to the right of the “Living Roof”. Follow the trail as it loops back to the Hatchery to find all 7 Letterbox Stations!
Directions: 5550-5720 Old Hwy 99 North Rd, Burlington, WA 98233
Padilla Bay Upland Trail
The Padilla Bay Reserve is nestled just north of the quiet community of Bay View, WA. Here in the heart of the Salish Sea, they study and protect a massive eelgrass meadow. At more than 8,000 acres, it’s the second largest on North America’s Pacific Coast.
Padilla Bay is one of 29 sites in the National Estuarine Research Reserve system established to protect coastal areas for long-term research, monitoring and education, and stewardship.
This trail begins at the entrance to the Upland Trail. From the parking lot head away from the main building, through the arched entrance and follow the trail clockwise to find 5 of the Letterbox stations. To complete your passport, head back towards the Interpretive Center and take the short paved trail leading to the observation deck that looks out over Padilla Bay.
Directions: 10441 Bayview Edison Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273
Cumberland Creek Trail
Welcome to Cumberland Creek Conservation Area! This property is owned and managed by Skagit Land Trust and contains wetlands, forests, and shorelines. Cumberland Creek Conservation Area is 210 acres which is the same as over 160 football fields! Skagit Land Trust acquired most of this property for conservation in 2005 and 2006. Before SLT obtained the property, some of it was used in forestry. Therefore, you may notice that some of the trees are much larger than others. Learn about some of the restoration work Skagit Land Trust has done on the property by following the letterbox trail.
Follow the signage and arrows for an outdoor adventure to find all 8 Letterbox Stations!
Directions: From the South Skagit Hwy Park & Ride in Sedro-Woolley off of Route 9, take the S. Skagit Hwy 12 miles east. Follow directions for address 34183 S Skagit Highway or using the Google map link here. Look for parking area in front of locked gate on the left side of the road. Boardwalk and Skagit Land Trust signs are just beyond gate. Park in front of the gate and walk in.