Skagit Audubon

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Birding Field Trip-Klipchuck Campground & The Methow Valley

Date: Tue. Jun 20, 2023 8:00 am - Fri. Jun 23, 2023 8:00 am

Tuesday, June 20 to Friday, June 23 – Klipchuck Campground & The Methow Valley (Mile 175, SR20)

Leader:  Libby Mills;  

Each summer members and friends of Skagit Audubon gather in this U.S. Forest Service Campground off Highway 20, 1.2 miles up a side road on the north side of the highway near Highway Mile 175, at elevation 2,900 ft. There are usually plenty of sharp eyes in our group and the birding is good right on the campground loops as well as on nearby trails and  birding areas further down in the Methow Valley. There is no schedule or plan beyond a Wednesday night dinner potluck. Informal groups form to look for birds, or folks go out on their own with binoculars or cameras. Libby offers to lead morning walks Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Klipchuck is a magnet for warblers, vireos, flycatchers, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, and wildflowers. A trail to Driveway Butte leads up and up the hill right out of the campground for the ambitious hiker. It’s about 6 miles to Mazama, the nearest store, and alternate lodging. The overnight campground fee is around $12 per site. Vault toilets and water (call ahead to the Ranger District in Winthrop to confirm water availability) are available. If you plan to hike from a trailhead, bring your Northwest Forest Pass, Interagency Pass, or Senior Pass.. If you need more information: Contact Libby Mills at Please send a confirmation email if you expect to join us with the subject line above.

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