Big Ditch Trail

OutAndBack • 0.5 mi • 10 ft

Don’t be put off by the name. A walk along a dike near the southeast shore of Skagit Bay and inside the Skagit Wildlife Recreation Area provides families with wide views of birds and saltwater marshes. Except during hunting season (October through January), this is a wondrous place to see eagles, ducks, trumpeter and tundra swans, snow geese, dunlins, red-winged blackbirds, kestrels, and peregrine falcons. Children will have a hard time understanding why some of the time the birds are provided refuge here, and some of the time they are hunted. Once I saw a snowy owl perched here on nearby driftwood, doing his own hunting.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Milltown
Length: 0.5 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy for children
Duration: Day hike
Season: Most of the year
Trailhead Elevation: 10 feet
Top Elevation: 10 feet
Local Maps: USGS Conway
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