North Fork Sauk Trail

EASY 6 reviews
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North Fork Sauk Trail is a 16.8 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

16.8 miles
4,711 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly





nature trips




wild flowers


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.

Friday, August 04, 2017

I took the trail to the junction with the PCT and set up camp at White Pass. The first 6 miles through the forest along the river to the Mackinaw Shelter was fairly easy. Switchbacks kick in shortly after as you make your way up the ridge for a little over 2 miles to where it joins the PCT. The stretch from White Pass to Red Pass was endless green slopes and mountain views. The scene from the top of Portal Peak was spectacular.

Friday, February 17, 2017

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.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

still haven't finished the loop but I have made it to white pass

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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.