Explore the most popular lake trails near Concrete with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Sauk Mountain Trail

2 days ago

Great hike. Amazing views the entire way.

4 days ago

For as little effort this trail requires, the views are amazing!! There’s still a bit of snow at the top, but nothing terrible! It’s passable with boots and poles if needed! Also a lot of friendly marmots about at the top

Great trail! Good views on a clear day throughout the hike and beautiful lake. Didn’t make it to Anderson, but camped at Watson for one night. Beautiful surroundings with many little waterfalls on the far side of the lake. Snow on parts of the trail as of 07/07/18, but still able to see the right way to go. Got down to probably 35 degrees in the night.

6 days ago

Very nicely maintained trail with excellent campsites. Views from the campsites were stunning. The trail was pretty easy, but as a warning to parents this is not a great trail for young kids. We hiked in to Anderson point to camp with our 3 yo and 5 yo. There was some elevation gain and loss but not bad. However, much of the trail was narrow with a 100-300 ft drop on one side of the trail. Had to hold my 3 yos hand much of the trail. I would not take children under 5 on this trail.

Peaceful trail. Very little people on it. Saw a black bear at 3.75 miles into trail.

As of 1.5 weeks ago the trail is still snowy for several miles & the lakes are frozen.

9 days ago

The first 1/4 of the road to Dock Butte trailhead is filled with potholes but doable. The last 2/3 smooth and clear of snow except the last 200 yards. We parked around the bend from the parking lot. There is room for a half a dozen vehicles. The first part of the trail is snow covered and we followed footsteps and ended off trail for a little excursion...when it became apparent we used our gps to recognize and retrace back to the trail. The middle section of the trail is clear other than a downed tree that is easy to climb over or under. Nearer the top the snowfields begin as do the amazing views! Hiking poles and clippons were a must for us...but we are in our 60’s. We saw 2 other groups of younger and more fit hikers, one group without poles or clippons and the other group with poles and clippons. Both of these other groups reached the summit...we chose to turn around 100’ elevation from the top...a bit too steep with snow for us. There were a few bugs but nothing a little bug deterrent couldn’t handle. Did I mention the views were stunning ☺️...the views were stunning! It was a wonderful place for a picnic! Perhaps a highlight was glissading back down the snowfields. After these old legs made it to this elevation over snow fields we were not going to miss the pure delight that these snowfields offer as a quick transport down. Wet butt honor makes it so worth the journey! On our trek down it was easier to notice the plentiful wildflowers...trillium and numerous sprouting flowers quickly reaching for the sun in the breakout sections of snow melt. It was quit a lovely day and a great early season hike!

I love this trail. It is a spectacular, invigorating hike. Went up today (7/4). Still a fair amount of snow up at the summit. We had a beautiful view of the North Cascades and Mt Rainier was looming like a spectral presence in the distance. Mt Baker was magnificent. Wildflowers were going crazy. Still a large piece of ice on Sauk Lake down below. If you haven’t been before know that the unpaved road up from Hwy 20 to the trailhead is rugged.

12 days ago

The road is clear of snow almost all the way to the trailhead. We had to park around the bend from the trailhead. Snow was easy to walk in. The first part of the trail is mostly melted with some snow patches, easy to navigate. We threw on microspikes about 1.3 miles in. Glad we were tracking our route with gaia, there were no other tracks to follow on the snow. Gps helped us stay on Route. Made it within a few hundred yards of the summit before we felt the angle got too steep to walk on safely. Still great views (a little cloudy) and a good hike. Microspikes and gaitors! Happy July!

13 days ago

Started around 8:45 this morning. Took us about an hour and a half. Very cloudy/foggy. A little rain too. Only ones on trail and couldn’t see more than 30 yards in any direction. Couldn’t make it to the top due to the snow, but will definitely be back in the future! Great hike.

Amazing views all the way up! Easy ascent - well designed switch backs. Snow covering trail at the top. Ok with good shoes and pokes.


28 days ago

Parking lot not be able to access, about 1/2 mile walk from nearest roadside parking to the trailhead.
The views are there all the way up, and gets even better we you reach the top and see the other side of the mountain.
The best return for the distance in WA state, highly recommended.

Such a beautiful trail. Hardly any elevation at all. We started at the back end of the lake near the baker river trail. We were really happy that we did as we didn’t have time to hike the entire 14 miles. The views of the river leading into the lake are breathtaking! I wish I was still there. We were able to hike to noisycreek campground and back. What an amazing day!

5/26/18 Road impassable by snow 1.9 miles from trailhead. I will be back later in the summee

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.

Trail is still not accessible due to snow covering the access road starting at about mile 5 of 6. Hike up the road and the top half mile is deep with snow completely covered. Maybe in a month or 2?

3 months ago

Great way to walk in the woods! Every mile offered a sense of discovery. Would love to come back for an overnight trip!

Forest road snow covered at 4 miles prevented us from making it to the TH. Some large potholes up to that point but not terrible.

5 months ago

Started from the northern east bank and hiked and about a mile past noisy creek to stop and have lunch on the beach. Beautiful clear views of Baker and neighboring peeks. No snow or ice on trail or in the parking lot.

7 months ago

I have a question...can dogs get up this trail?



on Sauk Lake Trail

8 months ago

This is a beautiful trail. We just went to the top, and did not continue down to the lake. It’s a dangerous trail because it’s narrow. A couple people have died on this mountain this year and several over the years. The switchbacks make it manageable for a nice day hike. there are bear hunters around, so it’s good to wear bright clothing and put a bright shirt on your dog!!! In 2009 someone was mistaken for a bear, was shot, and died.

8 months ago

This is an awesome trail. The zig-zags in the beginning were a bit boring but once you turn around the corner (you'll know it), the view was gorgeous! All the snow mountains including Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan and Mt. Rainier, etc.. And don't stop your pace until you hike all the way up to the ridge. The view's even better there!

And the road to the trailhead was fun to drive on, too.

9 months ago

Hiked Sauk Mountain today. Beautiful day and the views from the top are worth the effort. Both my wife and I thought it was a gradual climb, but nothing overly strenuous. Sauk Mountain Rd off of Hwy 20 was our only concern. Gravel for 7 miles. Didn't encounter a car the whole way up. We got into the parking lot and it was empty. Then 3 more cars arrived. Living in Shoreline, it is a bit far for us to go, but I could see us venturing up the North Cascade Hwy again. Next time we will go all the way to the lake. 2 thumbs ups!!

Beautiful hike. The forest road to get there is very rough and low clearance vehicles can make it but have to be more careful with the pot hole and washboard roads.

The switchbacks make the elevation gain very easy. Easier hike then Wallace Falls or Heather Lake as the trial is mostly root and large rock free. There are 3-5 places where you need to go up some rocks but it is manageable. View at the top is great. No bugs this time of season as I hiked it on Sat Sep 23, 2017.

A lot of ups and downs on a rooty, rocky trail but it was worth it! This was great. Lots of awesome dogs,
People and wild blueberries! It was a wonderful time!


Absolutely stunning at the top, if you do this hike and have time go to the lake as well since there is no other way to it.

10 months ago

Fabulous view!

10 months ago

I love this entire hike and the beautiful drive to get to it! If you'd like an even shorter, more level hike (with kids or elders) you can take the Murphy Creek trail (just beyond the right fork at trailhead). There are several little river spots that are easy to get to off that smaller trail.

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