Summary: The trail switches back and forth through forest 2.1 miles to a rocky hilltop that has 360 degree views which include the Skagit River Valley, and Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier on clear days. In summer the area is covered with wildflowers. You can take a side trip 1000 feet down to Sauk Lake 1.5 miles away.
Trailhead: From I-5 north of Mt. Vernon, go 40 miles east on Hwy 20 (North Cascades Highway). Just before Rockport State Park, turn left onto Forest Road 1030 (also known as the Sauk Mountain Rd.) . Follow this gravel road 8 miles to the trailhead parking lot. (Lat:48.52117 Lon:-121.607)
Trail Guides for Sauk Mountain:
Pacific Northwest Hiking
by Ron C. Judd & Dan A. Nelson (Foghorn Press)
Day Hike North Cascades
by Mike McQuaide (Sasquatch Books)
Best Seasons: Fall, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Mount Baker Ranger District Info Center (360) 856-5700
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Robbie Hochreiter, who has posted 24 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Justin on 9/20/2011
Nice views of the Skagit Valley on a clear day and some surrounding maintain peaks. Def recommend for a short hike.
Reviewed by shelley on 8/31/2011
The flowers were in full bloom, really lovely. The trail was narrow and there were a couple tricky spots, but overall a really nice hike. There was still plenty of snow to hike through before you get to the top on the back side, but well worth plowing ahead so that you get to the top and take in those spectacular views. I would definitely do it again.
Reviewed by SB on 8/1/2011
We went there with 8-year and 9-year old kids. It was quite work out, but they made it to the top. There were amount of snow on the top, but still do-able. Path is very narrow. Wild flowers were not quite ready yet.
Reviewed by Angie on 4/17/2011
Anyone hiking the Sauk Mountain Trail, please be aware October 2, 2010 65 year old Patti Krieger went missing and has never been found. She was last seen heading down the trail on the backside toward the lake with her dog. Her dog was found 3 weeks later on the mountain. She was wearing jeans, a long sleeve white Tee with a blue T over it and had a black old navy sweatshirt with her.
Reviewed by Carla on 8/3/2010
took my boys with me, they thought it was moderate and they are out of shape. as an adult i thought it was very easy but would do it again in a heartbeat! great views and the kids had fun in the patches of snow at the top. :D
Reviewed by Anna H. on 7/4/2010
Gorgeous views, lots of steep switchbacks. I would not call this an easy hike if you are afraid of narrow high trails. The drive in was scary in dense fog and tons of pot holes, but the top was well worth the effort. I would definately do it again. Got some great photos in the snow and the wild flowers were starting to bloom. It was dreamy!
Reviewed by dl on 2/4/2010
beautiful views, watch for hunters
Reviewed by am on 9/4/2009
hiked for the first time when i was five. taking my son for the first time on sunday. i hope the weather holds and we have great views!
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