Sauk Mountain

Mount Vernon, Washington

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This is an entirely runnable trail on switchbacks that travel mostly through meadows but with a couple of turns in second-growth forest. It’s a great beginner trail, as well as a good workout for the more advanced runner wishing to sustain speed on inclines. The summit used to have a fire lookout, but it fell into disrepair and was burned by the Forest Service about 15 years ago. Views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan to the north, as well as Glacier Peak and Pugh, Whitehorse, and White Chuck Mountains to the south, are better than any I’ve seen. On crystal clear days, you can see Mount Rainier and the San Juan Islands.
50 Trail Runs in Washington

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50 Trail Runs in Washington

by Cheri Pompeo Gillis (The Mountaineers Books)

This is an entirely runnable trail on switchbacks that travel mostly through meadows but with a couple of turns in second-growth forest. It’s a great beginner trail, as well as a good workout for the more advanced runner wishing to sustain speed on inclines. The summit used to have a fire lookout, but it fell into disrepair and was burned by the Forest Service about 15 years ago.

Views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan to the north, as well as Glacier Peak and Pugh, Whitehorse, and White Chuck Mountains to the south, are better than any I’ve seen. On crystal clear days, you can see Mount Rainier and the San Juan Islands.

©  Cheri Pompeo Gillis/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Trail Running
Nearby City: Mount Vernon
Distance: 7.2
Elevation Gain: 2,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: July through October
Local Contacts: North Cascades National Park / Mount Baker Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails #46, Lake Shannon, USGS Sauk
Driving Directions: Directions to Sauk Mountain

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