Sauk Mountain Trail

Concrete, Washington

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Exposed switchbacks ascend a dizzyingly steep alpine meadow to panoramic views of Whitehorse Mountain, Mount Baker, and Mount Shuksan and the merging of the serpentine Sauk, Skagit, and Cascade rivers. This is not a trail for toddlers, but my children loved it when they were six, seven, and eight, and we returned to it again and again. Once one of them was bitten by a deer fly two switchbacks above me; I could hardly run uphill fast enough. She forgot about it, though, and later joyfully took her friends back up the mountain. The road goes almost to timberline, so the entire 2-mile trail is flower meadows, in season.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

Exposed switchbacks ascend a dizzyingly steep alpine meadow to panoramic views of Whitehorse Mountain, Mount Baker, and Mount Shuksan and the merging of the serpentine Sauk, Skagit, and Cascade rivers.

This is not a trail for toddlers, but my children loved it when they were six, seven, and eight, and we returned to it again and again. Once one of them was bitten by a deer fly two switchbacks above me; I could hardly run uphill fast enough. She forgot about it, though, and later joyfully took her friends back up the mountain. The road goes almost to timberline, so the entire 2-mile trail is flower meadows, in season.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Concrete
Distance: 4.7
Elevation Gain: 1,650 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: Mid-July-October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,300 feet
Top Elevation: 5,950 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Mount Baker Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 46 Lake Shannon; USGS Sauk Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Sauk Mountain Trail

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Apr 2018