Old Sauk River Trail

Darrington, Washington

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A major tributary to the Skagit, the federally protected Wild and Scenic Sauk River supports a wide array of wildlife and provides critical habitat for Puget Sound salmon. And like the Skagit, this mighty river is also winter habitat for hundreds of bald eagles. The Old Sauk River Trail hugs the riverbank of this ecologically important and strikingly beautiful waterway for 3 virtually flat miles. And with an elevation below 1000 feet, the trail rarely sees snow, making it one of the few winter hiking choices along the Mountain Loop Highway. But any time of year is ideal for this delightful and easy trail.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

A major tributary to the Skagit, the federally protected Wild and Scenic Sauk River supports a wide array of wildlife and provides critical habitat for Puget Sound salmon. And like the Skagit, this mighty river is also winter habitat for hundreds of bald eagles.

The Old Sauk River Trail hugs the riverbank of this ecologically important and strikingly beautiful waterway for 3 virtually flat miles. And with an elevation below 1000 feet, the trail rarely sees snow, making it one of the few winter hiking choices along the Mountain Loop Highway. But any time of year is ideal for this delightful and easy trail.

©  Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Darrington
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 150 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 600 feet
Top Elevation: 800 feet
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District, or Verlot Public Service Center
Local Maps: Green Trails Silverton No. 110
Driving Directions: Directions to Old Sauk River Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

3/20/2010
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Just a lovely trail that hugs the river bank for most of its length. With very little (100 feet) elevation gain over three miles, it is probably the easiest trail off the Mountain Loop Highway. You can hear the crashing of the river the entire route and there are several places where it's safe to access the river bank. The trail is in such good shape you could almost push a wheelchair. Great views of the river and surrounding peaks. If you came through Granite Falls, be sure to head back to I-5 via Darrington and vice versa.



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