With a spectacular view of snow-cloaked Sauk Mountain in the northern Cascades, Rasar State Park offers breath-taking scenery together with fairly modest hiking trails that give you the opportunity to be near the mountains, while strolling easily along, enjoying the view.
The park which began with a modest donation to the state by one Daniel Rasar, is 128-acres, about the size of a large hay field. However, an additional 40 acres – that old back forty you hear tell about – was later acquired by the state in 1990. The name, so the signs say, was given in honor of Peter Rasar, who was the first family member to settle in the area.
There are campsites and cabins, along with close to four miles of hiking trails that meander through the territory. A portion of the trail is accessible for persons with disabilities. Just east of Puget Sound, one county removed from Canada, this is true-to-type northwest hiking with plenty of birds, assorted wildlife, opportunities for fishing along the clear, blue Skagit River, and other natural features.
Your dog will also feel welcome here. The state says bring Woof, but keep him or her on a leash. However, there are also “pet-friendly” cabins, so Woof doesn't have to be in a crate at night, as is common with other public camping sites. There is an organized playground on the grounds, complete with swings and climbing apparatus, but the main feature is the great outdoors.
Among the highlights is 4,000 feet of shoreline along the river that runs beautifully through the postcard setting. The picnic areas, according to the state's brochure, include electricity, water, a fireplace, braziers for charcoal cooking and ADA access.
There is also a small amphitheater here at the Rasar State Park. In addition, if you have an appetite for freshwater shellfish, the state allows harvesting here, so long as you have a license. Fishing licenses are also required for anyone who wants to fish.