20199 46th Ave W, Lynnwood
Parking lot C
-Tentative meetup (Last trail report from last week 6-24 states that there is still snow on the road to the trail head as well as the trail.) I will validate this in the morning and post an update.
Round-trip = 4.2 miles
Elevation Gain = 1190 feet
Northwest Forest Pass is Required
The Hike is more of a jaunt and the views are spectacular!! If it is a clear day (as the reports are stating at this point) we will be able to see Mt Baker, the Olympics, Glacier Peak and the Canadian Mt. Range and if we are lucky, even Mt. Rainier. The trail begins and ends in high mountain meadows offering wildflowers and spectacular vistas the entire length. The trail switchbacks gently 26 times in the first 1.5 miles. There is a junction in the trail at this point. Stay to the left for Sauk Mountain; the spur trail to the right drops for 1.5 miles to Sauk Lake. The last half-mile of the main trail swings north to the top of the ridge and the site of an abandoned fire lookout (elevation 5330 feet). The Forest Service removed the lookout structure in the 1980's. A 360-degree panorama of the North Cascades is provided at the old lookout site. On a clear day, Mt. Rainier can be seen to the south, Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands to the west, and the rugged Cascade peaks stretching to the east.
Getting there Take Interstate 5 north to Mount Vernon, then turn east at Exit 230 onto North Cascades Highway 20 and drive past Concrete. In another 10 miles, just beyond Rockport State Park, take a left on Forest Road 1030. It's a steep, low-gear road that climbs seven miles to a junction. Go right on spur 1036 and drive half way up the mountain to the parking lot The parking lot is at the 4300 feet With a 1200 foot elevation gain Trail detail The trail is known for its switchbacks, which begin almost at the start and number nearly 30. But they are short, so even slow hikers will reach the top. At the top of the ridge, another trail drops down to Sauk Lake; keep going on the main route another half-mile to the lookout site, where you will want to linger. The hike is popular, and local rangers say many hikers are short-cutting the switchbacks and causing erosion. The rangers ask that you stay on the trail. Also watch for loose rocks. Bring Plenty of water, as there isn't a source on the mountain. It is also a good idea to bring warm cloths, as there is often a brisk wind at the top. There is a single bathroom (shack) at the parking lot. There will be a 15 minute courtesy wait and to set up carpools It will take roughly 1.5 hours to drive to the trail head.
What you need to bring: the 10 essentials, snacks, Plenty of water, Camera, Tripod, **Headlamp – We will be coming down the mountain as it gets dark!