Cascade Trail

A 22.5 mile, unpaved rail trail that connects Sedro Woolley and Concrete in the North Cascades. It follows the old Burlington Northern railroad grade parallel to Highway 20.

Getting there

Drive SR-20 or SR-9 to Sedro-Wooley. For day-use there are three trailheads. From west to east they are:

  • Fruitdale Road and SR-20: From Sedro-Woolley, east drive 1.5 miles. The parking area is on the right at the intersection of SR-20 and Fruitdale Road.
  • Baker Lake Road and SR-20: From Sedro-Woolley, drive east 17 miles to the trailhead at Baker Lake Road and SR-20.
  • Railroad Avenue in Concrete: From Sedro-Woolley, drive 24 miles east to the town of Concrete. Turn left on Douglas Vose III Way, then immediately right onto Railroad Ave, and drive to its end and the trailhead.

on the trail

Hike or bike up to 22.5 miles one-way on this nearly flat unpaved trail that parallells SR-20 between Sedro Wooley and Concrete. The trailbed varies from smooth fine gravel to crushed rock and traverses beautiful rural and forested landscape, sometimes close to the Skagit River. 

Suggested Bikepacking route

Park on the street by the high school in Sedro Wooley and ride side streets to connect with the Fruitdale Rd & SR-20 trailhead. Because the trail itself is day use only, overnight parking is not recommended there. Ride the trail to Concrete where you can buy baked goods and other delicious food at 5b's Bakery or eat at the Lone Star restaurant downtown. Ride the trail back to the intersection Cape Horn Rd to reach Rasar State Park that is open year-round or ride paved South Skagit Highway, a quiet rural side road, to Rasar State Park and camp at one of the three hiker/bikers campsites. Group camps are also available by reservation as well as regular campsites and cabins. Water and bathrooms are near the hiker/biker sites. Hot showers available a short walk away in the main campground (need quarters). Rasar State Park has several nature trails  and a beautiful river-front area not to be missed. Nearby Birdview Brewery is also a good option for dinner. The next day retrace the route on the back to the trailhead.


GPS tracks of a possible route are linked here: Day 1 , Day 2

  • Difficulty: Bikepacking Gravel I
  • Length: 22.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 450 ft
  • 276 ft
  • Land Manager: Skagit County Parks & Recreation
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 6
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
Trip Reports
Ride with GPS: Cascade Trail Bikepacking Day 1

The Ride with GPS Cascade Trail Bikepacking Day 1 route by Emma Agosta April 16, 2022.

Ride with GPS: Cascade Trail Bikepacking Day 2

The Ride with GPS Cascade Trail Bikepacking Day 2 route by Emma Agosta Oct 24, 2022.

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