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    Rock Shelter Trail

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    Very Easy
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    3.5 km
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    39 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    Rock Shelter Trail is a relatively short and easy hike near Newhalem. This trail crosses the Skagit River and takes you to a rock shelter in the forest. It’s a pleasant trip with no real challenges to consider, requiring only a small elevation gain. All skill levels and ages should be able to do this trail.

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    Route Description for Rock Shelter Trail

    Rock Shelter Trail is an easy hike about 3.2 km long that takes you from Newhalem into the forest. You’ll enjoy the Skagit River and the natural rock shelters. This hike gives you the chance to extend your walk if you want.

    Begin in Newhalem, crossing the Skagit River and taking an immediate right. Walk to a left turn just before Newhalem Creek. From here, you’ll meander through the trees near the creek, enjoying the forest and the rocks. When you’re ready, you’ll return to town by following the same route you took to get here, or you can keep exploring using other nearby paths.

    Getting to the Rock Shelter Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Rock Shelter Trail is in Newhalem at the corner of Commissary Street and Bachelor Lane.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Goodell Creek Campground

    • When to do


    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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