Not too long ago this land was rededicated to the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe for creating a healthy, productive salmon habitat along the Sauk River. I went to check up on the progress today and I couldn’t have picked a more beautiful morning. My pup, Angel, thought so too.
There was still a good amount of snow on the ground in areas, but not enough to keep us away. From the trailhead it’s a short walk down to the river where the old boat launch used to be. The views from this spot are breathtaking to say the least. I snapped a few photos, which is quite challenging when you are also holding a leash that is attached to a lab that sees water. I think I did ok for you guys, but boy was it difficult. 😂
We followed a trail to the left that takes you along the bluff for a little ways before veering off into a recently planted forest. It was such a nice little walk with birds chirping, the greenery, crunchy snow under our feet/paws and of course the glorious sunshine. I wasn’t sure, however, where the Conservation Area ended, so we retraced our steps back to the boat launch and took another side trail through the trees again before returning to the car.
I highly recommend a visit to this nature conserve to witness the beautiful work done by the tribe. As always, be sure to tread lightly and respectfully so that this beauty can remain accessible to the public. There are no bathrooms or garbage cans at the trailhead, so prepare accordingly before your visit.
To get there you are going get on highway 530 toward Darrington. Take a left at the “T” toward Concrete once you get to Darrington (remaining on 530). You will follow this road for several miles before turning right onto Bryson Road. The trailhead is at the end of the road.
Sauk-Suiattle Native Sally Sauk and her daughter Lucy at the old ferry dock on the Sauk River in early 1900s.