Barr Creek Trail Work
Skagit Land Trust purchased the Barr Creek property from Kermit and Doris Johnson in August of 2008 with a grant sponsored by the State of Washington through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The grant funded habitat conservation for endangered species and was matched by Skagit Land Trust. Skagit Land Trust affectionately named this spot after its former owner, Kermit Johnson: "Kermit's Woods". Over 100 feet of Barr Creek flow through this property and the additional acres further support of wildlife habitat. The maturing forests surrounding Barr Creek Conservation Area make this property ideal habitat for roosting bald eagles that winter along the Skagit River. As the forest matures it will serve as potential habitat for two other species listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act: the marbled murrelet and the northern spotted owl.

Barr Creek, also known as Swift Creek, flows from Sauk Lake across the northwest corner of the property. Less than a mile from the parking area, the Hegg - Benson trail leads up through deciduous forests to Barr Creek where bedrock geology creates cascading pools and waterfalls.

The Hegg-Benson Trail, designed and constructed by Skagit Land Trust members and volunteers in 2009-2010, provides a short walk into this lovely conservation area. Before it gets busy in the summer, this trail needs a little TLC! Join us with some light trail clearing, sign installation and overall maintenance work in this beautiful area. SLT will provide tools and training. Please email volunteer@skagitlandtrust.org with any questions.

Directions: Follow State Route 20 east from I-5. At approximately Milepost 97, pass Rockport and the junction with SR 530. Travel approximately 1.5 miles further past the junction with SR 530 and look for signs for Conrad Rd. on the left (north) side of the road. Turn left on to Conrad Rd. Travel approximately 0.2 miles, passing several houses on the left (north) side of Conrad Rd. Approximately 100 yards after house #54607 – look for our pullout and trailhead on the left side of Conrad Rd.

Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/dVFUa29gGGesmm7w9

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