The Cascade Loop is one of the most popular scenic road trips you can take in the Pacific Northwest. The rout takes you over the Cascade Mountains via Stevens Pass in the south and Washington and Rainy passes in the north. On the west side of Washington Pass, near the head of the Skagit Valley, is the historic town of Newhalem. Newhalem is a fun stop on the Cascade Loop for a number of reasons. One of the great things to do when you stop there is to check out the Trail of the Cedars.
The Trail of the Cedars starts with a suspension bridge over the Skagit River. The Skagit River this far up the valley is a beautiful turquoise and something you’ll want to capture on your camera. Stop in the middle of the bridge and enjoy the view up and down the river. This is the kind of scenery you’ll want to remember.
After crossing the river, you’re greeted with a trail through a scenic and untouched forest on the way to a small powerhouse. It winds through some of the tallest trees in the region. Stop and take the time to read the informative signs too that tell stories about the history of the area as well as the forest itself. There’s also some great photo opportunities where you can show off the size of the trees you’ll be walking right by.
The Cascade Loop is a fun road trip indeed. Take this trip again and again because there are way more attractions to see and things to do than you can usually fit in during just one visit. One of those places to stop is Newhalem and when you’re there make sure you check out the Trail of the Cedars.