Sauk Mountain is located in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest immediately north of the town of Rockport, Washington. Owing to its 5300 feet of local topographic relief above the Skagit and Sauk River valleys, and it's position farther west from the main Cascade crest, Sauk Mountain is a prominent landmark to North Cascades Highway travelers approaching from the west. Sauk Mountain rises up from lower forested slopes to wildflower-covered alpine meadows until finally culminating in several rocky summit points made of greenschist. Sauk Mountain is known to hikers for its ease of access to magnificent views of the North Cascades.
Directions: From the town of Sedro-Woolley, drive Highway 20 east for 32 miles to the western boundary of Rockport State Park and turn left on the Sauk Mountain Road (Forest Service Road 1030). Follow this dirt and gravel road for seven miles to the junction of Forest Service Spur Road 1036 and turn right on spur 1036 and follow it to trailhead at road's end, elevation 4300 feet. A popular two mile trail gains 1200 feet to reach the top, and then scramble to reach any of several rocky summits. The vista looking east provides an opportunity to see the rugged Picket Range and many of the giants such as Baker, Shuksan, Glacier Peak, Mt. Rainier, and even the Olympic Range on a clear day. Sauk Mountain is not recommended to be climbed in winter because of snow chute avalanches on its slopes.
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Year first climbed:||1895|
|First successful climber(s):||G.O. Smith|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
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