Sauk Mountain Trail
- Added By: Terrill Thompson
- Date added: Nov 05, 2016
- Route Distance: 2.69 km (1.67 miles)
Sauk Mountain Trail offers a short, steep hike to the summit, with wide-open views along the entire route, including views of Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, The Pickets, and many others. Wildflowers are abundant in season.
From the town of Sedro-Woolley, drive east on Highway 20 for 32 miles to the western boundary of Rockport State Park. Then turn left on the Sauk Mountain Road (Forest Service Road 1030). Follow this dirt and gravel road for seven miles to the junction of Forest Service Spur Road 1036 and turn right on spur 1036 and follow it to the trailhead at road's end, elevation 4300 feet. The road is steep, but passable for regular cars. There is room for about 25 cars in the circular parking lot, and some room along the road below. There is also an A-frame outhouse at the trailhead.
From the trailhead, the trail climbs directly up the southwest side of the mountain through a series of switchbacks. Once on the summit ridge, the trail crosses a small saddle and heads north and meanders beneath cliffs and crags to the true summit. An intersecting trail on the north side descends to Sauk Lake. Several short spur trails on the summit ridge lead to viewpoints. The summit contains a few remnants of a fire lookout, which was once staffed by Beat poet Philip Whalen.