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Old Sauk River Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Darrington, Washington that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.1 miles Elevation Gain: 239 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

beach

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Darrington: Take the Mt. Loop Hwy. along the west side of the Sauk River. Follow this road for 4 miles going past the Clear Creek Campground. The trailhead is on the left.

hiking
2 days ago

Light traffic, great easy hike!

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

hiking
muddy
11 days ago

A very relaxing hike/stroll next to a beautiful river. Almost the entire thing is flat, while narrow in a few parts. We even saw an adorable snake. Very green and lush, and excellent quick getaway.

hiking
13 days ago

Very nice walk in the woods. Mostly flat. Lush and beautiful with some cool spots to stop by the river.

hiking
2 months ago

I've loved the Sauk River since I was a kid. And this trail is so peaceful and mossy-lush. It's basically flat - a walk in the woods next to the river.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
3 months ago

Got to the trailhead around 2pm and had the place entirely to ourselves. In general the trail was great! There were a few very small trees down in places and were quite easy to get around if you're able-bodied, and there was a little mud in places, but again, nothing too drastic. And moss was in full force!

hiking
6 months ago

Nice easy walk. Pretty views of the river. I was there early morning during the week and had the place to myself. Didn’t see a single person. There was shattered glass at the trailhead that I’m assuming is from the break in the prior reviewer wrote about. For sure don’t keep valuables in the car.

walking
6 months ago

Beautiful fall colors, nice walk on the riverside. Saw one car in the parking lot with shattered window. Felt unsafe for a bit but we decided to proceed after seeing nobody around. Please keep all valuables out of sight!

hiking
over grown
9 months ago

nice relaxing stroll along the riverbank. several small side loops to extend the hike out a bit.

hiking
over grown
9 months ago

Incredibly overgrown at this point. We spent most of our hike bushwhacking and we still barely felt like we made a dent. It's so overgrown you can see the game trails being made through the ferns. There is a warning at the trailhead about bears, and I believe it, there are spots where it's hard to even see the trail. Do NOT use bells to deter bears, bells are a curiosity to bears, you're better off being loud, talking if you're with others, singing if you're alone. Make noise, let them know you're there. Keep food wrapped up or off trail if possible, don't feed bears or leave food out. There are also large sections that have eroded and washed out over the last year, portions that are probably going to take out sections of trail this coming year. Be cautious for these spots.

hiking
9 months ago

Something about bears being spotted prevented me from going too far.

hiking
over grown
11 months ago

hiking
over grown
11 months ago

over grown
11 months ago

nice enough walk, but very much overgrown. not too much to see but the river views are nice

hiking
Sat May 11 2019

Great for a trail run

Sun Mar 17 2019

Lots of snow

hiking
Sun Oct 21 2018

We came up here with the kids (3 and 8) and our dog today. We chose this trail because of the reviews we read on here. This trail was kind of... meh. We got a late start around 4pm and the sun was already tucked behind the mountain. The river did play peek-a-boo a bit and there was a little sandy beach near the beginning which was exciting and fun. The trail was mostly flat and pretty easy to hike. There were a TON of different mushrooms which my daughters loved finding and describing. We weren’t sure when the trail ended but we stopped when we saw a sign that said Murphy creek this way ⬅️ and accessible loop trail trail that way ⬆️. So far we weren’t really impressed so we had some snacks then turned around. Overall, I felt the trail was kind of uneventful. Probably won’t be hiking this one again.

hiking
Sun Oct 07 2018

1.5 hours from Seattle 2.5 hours of hiking for 6+ miles Really easy and flat, picked it because of the fall foliage. Lots of browns, greens and yellows. Not a ton of red. Plenty of overlooks along the river, not super crowded (maybe saw six other groups). Very kid friendly. Very dog friendly. We stopped by the Fosters pumpkin patch on our way back to Seattle, made for a great all day excursion. GPS for the trailhead is spot on, well labeled. Great traditional, along the river hike, but probably won’t repeat again for awhile.

nature trips
Sat Aug 18 2018

Magical afternoon along the river! Only one there, so peaceful and my dog especially loved being right next to the river, we both got in quite a few times! Easy lil flat trail and parking right off the road, no crazy long dusty potholey roads lol ;) Loved it!

Fri Aug 17 2018

Great little trial took 2.5 hours I'm not sure if the map is wrong or if the actual trail is gone but you still make it from beginning to end in 6.2 miles beautiful woodlands and river!

walking
Tue Jul 17 2018

It was a beautiful trail. Very easy to walk. My aging mother, and arthritic elderly dog, were both able to handle this trail with no complications. I would classify this more as a walk in the woods than as a hike, but the scenery was beautiful.

hiking
Tue Jul 10 2018

Great trail! Backpacked my 2 year old the entire 6 miles. Easy, minimal elevation. Beautiful views of the river most of the trip. Shady, sandy beach area towards the end where we stopped for lunch. Only complaint was dog owners not picking up poop.

hiking
Sun Apr 01 2018

Lots of snow, but managed to get to the lot and had a decent hike through the woods.

Sun Mar 18 2018

Visited this trail on 3/3/18. There was still plenty of snow but it was a beautiful sunny day and the trail is fairly easy to traverse with appropriate footwear.

Mon Feb 12 2018

Nice trail for winter time. Very very easy trail to walk with no elevation gain. No snow and not a muddy or water logged trail. Some nice views of the rover but is really a mossy forest trail.

hiking
Tue Feb 06 2018

Nice stroll on a rainy Washington day. Didn’t see anyone else, loud and fast river to your side nearly the entire way. Finishing out at Murphy’s Creek was a bit disappointing, but you get what you get. A few downed trees and only one is a little tough to climb over, other wise a nice 2 hours in nature

hiking
Sun Nov 19 2017

Good trail for kids. Not too long. No switchbacks. Very flat. Trail was well groomed and no trash.

Sun Jul 16 2017

It was a Good hike. No switch backs. the end of the trail is a surprise..

hiking
Sat Jul 08 2017

easy trail, great for all levels. The beauty when you are out there is indescribable. This will be a regular trail for us to visit.

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