Sauk Mountain Trail

Rockport, Washington 98283

Sauk Mountain Trail

Sauk Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Get an early start for this hike—this is a popular trail, and July is the best time to see the wildflowers. In fact, the flowers will attract your attention before you even get to the trailhead.

The last 2 miles of the road are bordered with Indian paintbrush, cow parsnip, and daisies. As the road continues to climb, the hanging meadows and rock towers of Sauk Mountain come into view."

Sauk Mountain Trail Reviews

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7/7/1979
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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Trail Information

Rockport
Nearby City
4
Distance
1,041 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Hikable: Mid-June through October, Best flowers: Late June through September
Season
Mount Baker Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails Nos. 78 Darrington and 46 Lake Shannon
Local Maps