Sauk Lake Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Concrete, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.0 miElevation gain2,168 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingLakeViewsWildflowers
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Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

Directions from Sedro-Woolley: Follow State Route 20 east for 33 miles. At milepost 96 near the boundary of Rockport State Park, turn left on the Sauk Mountain Road (Forest Road #1030). Follow Road #1030 for 7 miles to the junction of Road #1036. Turn right on Road #1036 and follow to the road's end. The trailhead and a large parking area are located at the end of the road.

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Nico Magsayo
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Nature tripsBugsGreat!Off trail

I didn’t do this one recently, but I did do this one back on July 7th! (I didn’t record on here). Driving up the dirt/gravel path to the start of the trailhead wasn’t too difficult, but be mindful of the handful of dips and grooves. The trail is visible, as I went in the summertime. It was a good incline and a lot of switchbacks! I highly recommend!

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Benjamin Oclaray
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Had to get out and hike 2.5 miles to the trailhead because of heavy snow. Another car was stuck and had to be pushed out. Ankle deep for the first mile, knee deep for the next mile, and then about waist deep for the last half mile. The trail was completely covered with fresh snow and no markers to show where the trail was. Hadn't hike this trail before so didn't know where to start. Ended up turning around at the trailhead but had a beautiful 360 view of the mountains. Please bring snow shoes and walking sticks.

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Levi Williams
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Erika P
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HikingGreat!

Switchbacks all the way to the top. We went all the way to the peak and then hiked down to the lake. It made for about a nine mile round trip but well worth the time. Non stop views the entire hike.

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Matthew Moots
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HikingBugsGreat!Over grown

After hiking to the top of Sauk Mountain I decided to take the trip down to the lake for a dip in the water. Wow that trail is tough but so worth it!! It is pretty over grown so sometimes its hard to see the trail and even harder to see where your feet are landing. It can be easy to trip not seeing unstable rocks or holes. Once I got down the there bugs are really bad. Had to jump in the lake just to get away from them for a while hahaha! But wow the trip back up was no joke! It was kinda tough but still was worth it!

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Anirudh Tiwari
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HikingBugsGreat!Over grownRockySnow

A great trail overall which is moderately to heavily trafficked. The first elevation gain is scenic then you go down the mountain to the lake which is beautiful as well. You get a glimpse of Mount Baker and Glacier Peak. The hardest part of the trail is while climbing back the mountain from the lake. Highly recommend Poles. They are just too many bugs and insects while going down to the lake. The path is very narrow and one should be extremely cautious while going to the lake and coming back.

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Will Bayko
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HikingBugsScrambleSnow

Make the Hike down to the lake and jump in. You won’t regret it.

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Christie Weeda
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Hiking

Took the blow up paddle board with us. Up to Sauk mountain first. You have to do this because it is so close and stunning! The flies were terrible!! Lake trail not marked but head down from summit and you will find a Y, follow down to left. There is a beautiful view of lake from summit, but the trail takes you pretty far around the mountain and is a very long trek to keep going with paddle board. Don’t think I would do that again. And the flies (regular and horse) were much worse).Had a bit of reprieve on the lake and it was beautiful but never fully escaped them so had to pack quickly and with tired legs head back up to the summit to head down. Very beautiful but those pesky flies!!

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Joshua Hupp
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HikingBugsOver grown

The day we went out was beautiful. We decided to take the tail down to Sauk lake this time. The hike was beautiful. The trail is obviously not as popular as its overgrown and narrow, but the wildflowers and marmot sightings made it worthwhile. Unfortunately, as beautiful and serene as the lake was, there were too many flies to sit and enjoy it. They would lame in you on swarms. After a hastily eaten lunch, we booked it out of there. The home back is definitely a tough endeavor. I probably won't go back to the lake ever, but I'm glad I was able to check it off my list.

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Steffi Simonson
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Hiking

I love this hike so much I've gone three times in the past month and a half or so. It's short, to the point, and just the right amount of challenge. Wear the right shoes though, because it's narrow and a misstep could kill you. The road up is quite the Rollercoaster so make sure you're equipped with a willing and able car.

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Austin Vorwald
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Great trail (I’ve done it a few times before). Today the road was still covered in snow about 0.5-0.75 miles from the trailhead. You will need to hike the road in the snow to get to the trailhead.

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Jesse Munro
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Hiking

Great hike, the lake was worth it

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None Ya
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Took this 59 yo about 45 mins to get up to the Sauk Lake trail fork above the switchbacks. I was alone on the lake trail, only made it half way down. Too much snow obstructing the trail on the rock wall just south and above the lake. (see pics) Better to leave this for mid August to September after the snow is gone. Grueling going back up to the fork. It's steep.

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Jason Carnahan
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Beautiful! I proposed to my wife by the lake!

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Carlos Jimenez
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great hike with a 100,000 view

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Dan Adamson
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Backpacking

Took the boy scouts. We went up in heavy rain and fog and couldn't find the trail after the fork due to snow cover (June). But the mountain was awesome and the next day we figured it out.

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Hilary Johnson
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Fantastic in August. Hard hike but varied fauna and views. Loved it.

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Randy Brewer
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Great hike great views narrow trail

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Jayne Haney
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The trail was horrid to find, was covered in snow (in August, with not a rain or snow cloud in the sky) and when it was found, was too narrow to traverse, even for competent hikers. The lake was quite dirty and I was very unhappy about the whole experience.

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