June’s Hike of the Month

Burlington Dike Trail

Enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of nature while taking this fairly level walk alongside the Skagit River.

Length = 3.5 miles round trip
Difficulty = Easy
Trail Notes = Leashed dogs ok
Pass = Not Required 
Elevation Gain = 25 feet  

Getting there:

  • In Burlington take exit 229 off I-5.
  • Head east on George Hopper Rd. for 0.2 miles.
  • Take a right onto S Burlington Blvd.
  • Continue for 0.3 miles and take a right onto Whitmarsh Rd just past McDonalds.
  • Turn left at the intersection to stay on Whitmarsh and the parking lot is 0.6 miles ahead on the right just around the curve past the railroad bridge.

Trail Description:

From the large parking lot, the trail starts at the fence gate near the porta-potties. Walk towards the Skagit River for approximately one hundred feet. Take a left and follow the trail North alongside the large Maple and Cottonwood trees.

At a ¼ of a mile near the dike road, the main trail narrows and goes to the right. Take this trail which follows the Skagit River upstream. Enjoy the open views of the Skagit River and green pastures, and large old-growth trees. Follow the trail until you reach the end, near the boat launch parking lot. Return on the same route you came in.

Please share your photos and experiences with us at skagitnaturerx@unitedgeneral.org.