Best Wildflower Hikes Washington
by Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2004 Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
One of my most favorite hikes. I have done it probably 30-40 times through out my life. It's about a 8-9 mile drive off hwy 20 right before you hit rockport. It is very hilly and sometimes tight. But people have always been flexible by getting by. Go slow through the switch backs. Sometimes they are really blind corners and people can go fast down the hill at times. The view from the top of the road is amazing if you just want to go for a drive. The hike is switchbacks all the way up. About a 1000 ft. in a 1 1/2 miles. You probably will want to stop a few times on the way. For the average hiker it is about a 45 minutes hike. Can be done in a half hour, and with many breaks about and hour or a little more. About 3/4 of the way up, you can get a great view of Mt. Baker. Then you reach the top and hike around to the back side of Sauk. Here is where it gets good. You get a spectacular view of the North Cascade valley, the Skagit River and all the peaks. Another 5-10 minutes of easy walking and your to the top. There is a hike down to Sauk Lake. It's steep, and the trail isn't as good. People do camp down there, but last time I went the bugs were so bad we left. The view from the top of Sauk Mt. is 360 degrees and one of the best bang for your buck easy and rewarding hikes in the state. There used to be a lookout at the top of this hike. They tore it down in 1980, but you can still see some of the rebar at the top. Good Luck and have fun. Best to do in late summer. It is about 5000 ft at the the top. Also... bring a mountain bike and ride it down the road back to Hwy 20. You wont have to peddle once! :)
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