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A significant wildlife burned near Newhalem and Diablo in late August. While recent rains have helped control the fire, City Light has substantial work to do to restore normal hydroelectric project operations and repair some damaged infrastructure at the Skagit Project. City Light has therefore decided to cancel all remaining Skagit Tours for the 2015 season and will be issuing full refunds for tours already booked in September. City Light regrets any inconvenience this causes, but hopes you understand that the utility strives to offer a safe and enjoyable tour experience. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Step back in time on this free, guided walking tour of Newhalem. Learn about the town's colorful past as a construction camp and how it still thrives today, supporting operations for the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project and visitors to the North Cascades. Enjoy strolling through the town's beautiful landscape while hearing about the challenges of living and working in a community only accessible by train until the 1940s.

Newhalem Walking Tours last about 45 minutes and are offered two times daily. Tours are led by National Park Service rangers and guides from Seattle City Light and the North Cascades Institute. The tour could include Newhalem's historic Main Street, Ladder Creek Gardens, Trail of the Cedars, and/or Gorge Powerhouse Visitor Gallery. A self-pay lunch is also available at the historic Gorge Inn around noon on the weekdays (Monday through Friday).

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Dates: July 1 - September 14, daily,
at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Reservations are not required.
  • Reservations are NOT required
  • Check in at the Skagit Information Center, Main Street, Newhalem
  • Tours last approximately 45 minutes
  • Walking distance ranges from 0.5 to 1 mile (0.8 to 1.6 km)
  • Mostly level terrain with some uneven surfaces
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Lunch is NOT provided
  • Optional, self-pay lunch is available at Gorge Inn Monday-Friday from noon to 3 p.m. Menu includes soup, salad, and made-to-order sandwiches. Closed July 4th and Labor Day.
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