Trip Report: Sauk Mountain

Yesterday morning I woke up early and drove out to Sauk Mountain. My plan was to do both Sauk Mountain and Sauk Lake, since it seemed like a long drive for just the mountain. However, I stopped so frequently for pictures that I ran out of time and never made it to Sauk Lake.

This is a really sweet little trail, especially if you go early in the morning on a weekday. I had the entire mountain to myself until I was almost back at my car. However, the eroding switchbacks indicate it’s used heavily on the weekends, so plan accordingly.

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Looking down the switchbacks + my car in the parking lot.

The entire trail is snow-free and in great shape, except for the aforementioned shortcut switchbacks, which aren’t really a safety issue – just a shame. The bugs weren’t too bad until the sun came up. The wildflowers were blooming. The views were astounding. I’ll be back to visit the lake!

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Ridgeline views
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Traversing just below the summit.
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Sauk Lake
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Mt Baker
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The Pickets
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PIKA!
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Endless wildflowers
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Sun just coming up over the switchbacks
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Skagit River and Whitehorse Mountain, with Rainier hiding in the background.

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