North Fork Sauk Falls Trail

Darrington, Washington

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Drop down a short trail on gentle switchbacks to a powerful and exciting waterfall, particularly torrential during spring run-off. Children will be eager to see it for themselves after they hear its roar. What they will behold is the falls making a sharp right turn to enter a rocky canyon. White water leaps up and children will giggle at the feel of spray on their faces. Hold hands and do not venture onto the narrow ledge at the bottom of the trail. Viewing is fine from the stopping point above it, at least during periods of high run-off. The quarter-mile woodland trail has rails and steps to make the descent safe and easier. The river descends into a rocky canyon, and though the falls are not high, perhaps only 45 feet, their ferocity, particularly in the spring, makes them wonderful to see. Combine the walk to the falls with any of the other North Fork Sauk River hikes.
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)

Drop down a short trail on gentle switchbacks to a powerful and exciting waterfall, particularly torrential during spring run-off. Children will be eager to see it for themselves after they hear its roar. What they will behold is the falls making a sharp right turn to enter a rocky canyon. White water leaps up and children will giggle at the feel of spray on their faces. Hold hands and do not venture onto the narrow ledge at the bottom of the trail.

Viewing is fine from the stopping point above it, at least during periods of high run-off. The quarter-mile woodland trail has rails and steps to make the descent safe and easier. The river descends into a rocky canyon, and though the falls are not high, perhaps only 45 feet, their ferocity, particularly in the spring, makes them wonderful to see. Combine the walk to the falls with any of the other North Fork Sauk River hikes.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Darrington
Distance: 0.5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Year round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,600 feet
Top Elevation: 1,600 feet
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 111 Sloan Peak; USGS Sloan Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to North Fork Sauk Falls Trail

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Apr 2018