North Fork Sauk Trail is a 17.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Darrington, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November.
Directions from Darrington: Take the Mt. Loop Hwy. along the west side of the Sauk River. Drive 19.7 miles to the Sloan Creek Road #49 and turn left. Drive that road 6.6 miles to the trailhead.
I backpacked from North Fork sauk trail to PCT, to Blue Lake, to Pilot Ridge, down pilot ridge, cross the river, then again connecting back to N Fork Sauk trail and on to parking lot. What an awesome loop. It's a beautiful trail with espectacular views of Glacier Peak and so many flowers along the way and much more. I hiked this at the beginning of August. I would recommend it for a 3-4 day backpack trip. There's water sources all along the way, with the exception of top of pilot ridge. But you can find water before and after the ridge.
still haven't finished the loop but I have made it to white pass
That last review was meant for North Fork Sauk Falls which is on the drive up to this trailhead. I don't know how to delete it and make it right. Sorry.
One noteworthy comment to make is you can only park at the trailhead for NF Sauk trail if you have 4wheel drive. Otherwise you have to walk another 1/8 mile due to a small winter debris rivulet.
The marker for the trailhead is about a mile off. It is toward Darrington more and has nice sized parking space and small yellow sign. Good little hike to the falls. About 5 minutes.
Trail in excellent condition. Hiked it 26-28 June 2015 to summit Glacier Peak.
This was a weekend with record heat yet there was ample water along the route to keep us hydrated. The wildflowers were in vivid bloom near the tops of the ridges.
The parking lot was in good condition. There are toilets along the trail (wow) - at least before the trail rises up the ridges in switchbacks.