Join expert historic preservation staff from Seattle City Light for a specially organized in-depth look at stewardship, preservation, and restoration of historic structures at the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project. The journey begins on your arrival Saturday afternoon, giving you time to enjoy the quiet, scenery, and hiking trails of this North Cascades area. It includes Saturday night accommodations at Bunkhouse #30 (refurbished to provide comfortable accommodations with queen-sized beds and shared restrooms), family-style dinner and breakfast at the restored Gorge Inn, and lunch at the Environmental Learning Center.
On Sunday morning, we will have a guided walking tour of the historic company town of Newhalem, followed by visits to the Gorge Powerhouse and Ladder Creek Falls Gardens, both in the National Register of Historic Places. From here, we travel to the town of Diablo where we see the Diablo Powerhouse exterior. After delicious, organic, locally-sourced lunches at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, we cruise beautiful Diablo Lake to see Ross Dam and tour the interior of Ross Powerhouse before returning to Newhalem.
Registration includes overnight accommodations in queen-bedded room with shared bathrooms, dinner, breakfast, tours, lunch, boat ride, and van transportation on site. Transportation to and from Newhalem is on your own. From Seattle allow at least 2 ½ hours.
Note: The tour will involve walking on uneven surfaces and climbing stairs.
$250 general public / $200 members (per person)
Photo: Gorge power plant, City Light, Newhalem. Larry Kreisman.