Sauk Mountain

Rockport, Washington

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This trail makes a short but vigorous ascent to the summit of Sauk Mountain on the seaward edge of the North Cascades. Views are surprisingly inspiring from here, encompassing Mount Baker and Puget Sound as well as the glacier-carved peaks of the Cascades. A spur trail makes a long descent from the heights of Sauk Mountain to reach Sauk Lake, where there are several camping spots. Hikers who are in good physical shape can visit both the summit of Sauk Mountain and Sauk Lake in a hard half-day of hiking. The trail begins at the timberline, and zigzags steadily up a wide but steep couloir. Avalanches have swept away the trees here, clearing a space for a magnificent display of alpine wildflowers.

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"This trail makes a short but vigorous ascent to the summit of Sauk Mountain on the seaward edge of the North Cascades. Views are surprisingly inspiring from here, encompassing Mount Baker and Puget Sound as well as the glacier-carved peaks of the Cascades.

A spur trail makes a long descent from the heights of Sauk Mountain to reach Sauk Lake, where there are several camping spots. Hikers who are in good physical shape can visit both the summit of Sauk Mountain and Sauk Lake in a hard half-day of hiking. The trail begins at the timberline, and zigzags steadily up a wide but steep couloir. Avalanches have swept away the trees here, clearing a space for a magnificent display of alpine wildflowers."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Rockport
Distance: 4.2
Elevation Gain: 1,040 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3
Season: Summer to Fall
Local Contacts: Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Pass required for most trails
Local Maps: USGS Sauk Mountain; Green Trails Lake Shannon
Driving Directions: Directions to Sauk Mountain

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May 2018