Sauk Mountain

Rockport, Washington

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Sauk Mountain, an elongated cockscomb just north of the Skagit River Valle, is visible from the city of Mount Vernon. This little tour offers a short hike, a steep 1,300-foot east-facing run down to Sauk Lake, and a climb up and over to return to the car, all with nonstop views of the western North Cascades. This is an outstanding snowboard tour. From the parking lot you can see the trail stitching up the west face of Sauk Mountain. This generally melts out by early June, while the east face maintains a deep snowpack as late as July.
100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

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100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

by Rainer Burgdorfer (The Mountaineers Books)

Sauk Mountain, an elongated cockscomb just north of the Skagit River Valle, is visible from the city of Mount Vernon. This little tour offers a short hike, a steep 1,300-foot east-facing run down to Sauk Lake, and a climb up and over to return to the car, all with nonstop views of the western North Cascades.

This is an outstanding snowboard tour. From the parking lot you can see the trail stitching up the west face of Sauk Mountain. This generally melts out by early June, while the east face maintains a deep snowpack as late as July.

©  Rainer Burgdorfer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Rockport
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Best May to June
Trailhead Elevation: 4,500 feet
Top Elevation: 5,541 feet
Local Maps: USGS Sauk Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Sauk Mountain

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