Sauk Mountain Trail 613

This trail begins and ends in high mountain meadows offering wildflowers and spectacular vistas the entire length. Hike through 26 gentle switchbacks in the first 1.5 miles to a junction with Sauk Lake Trail 613.1. Stay to the left for Sauk Mountain.

The last half-mile of the main trail swings north to the top of the ridge at 5,300-feet elevation. This site once hosted a fire lookout, removed by the Forest Service in the 1980s. Enjoy a 360-degree panorama of the North Cascades, where on a clear day you can see Mt. Rainier to the south, Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands to the west and the rugged Cascade peaks stretching to the east.

Enjoy an outstanding show of wildflowers in July and August that includes paintbrush, phlox, tiger lilies, aster, columbine, lupine and many others.

This trail is heavily used. For your safety and to inhibit erosion please stay on the maintained trail and don’t cut the switchbacks.

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At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer / Fall
Restrictions: Hiker only. Do not cut switchbacks.
Water: Carry an ample supply of water, none is available along the trail.
Restroom: None. Use Blue Bags / Leave No Trace method to pack out solid human waste.
Information Center: Check current conditionsor call Mt. Baker Ranger Districtoffice at 360-856-5700, extension 515.  

General Information



From the Mt. Baker Ranger District office in Sedro-Woolley, follow State Route 20 east for 32 miles. At milepost 96, near the boundary of Rockport State Park, turn left on the Sauk Mountain Road (FS road 1030) and go seven miles to the junction of FS road 1036. Turn right on FS road 1036 and follow to the road's end.

General Notes:


  • Green Trails: Lake Shannon # 46
  • Mt Baker Ranger District
  • USGS: Sauk Mountain


The trailhead and a large parking area are located at the end of the road.

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Day Hiking

Fire Information Use backcountry stoves rather than building a fire.
Elevation desc Elevation gain/loss: +1200 feet
Difficulty Level: More Difficult


Please use a lightweight stove for cooking and a candle lantern for light.

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2.1 miles

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  Elevation : 
4300 feet