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Sauk Mountain — Sunday, Jul. 18, 2021

North Cascades

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Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition


Road rough but passable


Bugs were not too bad


Intermittent snow - not hard to cross

Beautiful hike — amazing 360 views of mountains at the top and such a great payoff for the relatively easy elevation gain / length!

You drive quite a bit on FS gravel road and it’s definitely doable in a small car (I drive a Ford Focus). However, you’ll need to stop at least 0.5 miles in front of the trailhead if you drive a lower-clearance car because there is a significant series of ruts towards the top. It’s right around a curb so stay aware of that! Plenty of parking space on the side of the road ahead of where you’d need to stop.

Trail is beautiful with wildflowers and I’ve never seen so many butterflies on any hike before!

While the distance/elevation gain is very manageable, the fact that the switchbacks (which is where all of the elevation gain is) are completely exposed definitely adds to the difficultly. Bring screen-screen, hats, lots of water, etc, because you’ll be in the sun during pretty much the whole hike.

Once you pass the switchbacks and turn the corner, the views are amazing! Make sure to get to the end of the trail, past maybe 2 very manageable snowfields (as I’m writing this on 7/18/21), to the top of the mountain that will give you an incredible view of Mt Baker, the full river, Sauk Lake, and tons of other mountains.