Explore the most popular river 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

hiking
1 day ago

In fog all the way up today but I still rate this hike at a 5. Lots of elevation gain in a short distance but the switchbacks made it easier. So did the fog since it was a lot cooler. Still snow at the top and lots of wildflowers. Marmot, grouse and chipmunk. I'm going to come back on a clear day for the views this hike is known for!

Fabulous even with clouds!

Incredible hike! Steady switchbacks all the way up but nothing too tough. The views are absolutely stunning the whole way. A little snow towards the top but definitely passable and the 360 views at the top are breathtaking.. Road up to the trail head is long and rough, but worth it.

on Sauk Mountain Trail

7 days ago

Great hike. Amazing views the entire way.

hiking
9 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

hiking
12 days ago

made it to 4592 ft but had to turn around as we weren't prepared for the snow on the trail. Will go back again to complete whole loop. Its beautiful! July 6th a bit too early this year.

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

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.

hiking
18 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.

road to parking lot still snowed under for about a mile.
snow up til you hit the trees and climb at which point it gets patchy, but once out of the trees there is snow underfoot the whole way. snow is consolidated though. went about 3/4 of the way, you could make it to the top but weather was crap so decided to head back for a clear day attempt!

hiking
1 month 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.

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?

Attempted May 21, with overnight gear as we planned to spend the night up top. Walked 1.2 miles to trailhead as the road was blocked by snow. Entire trail is under snow. Kept going for several more miles but things got too dicey after the trail splits off from the main one going to Baker. There were absolutely no visible trail markers so we were relying entirely on GPS and a map on our phones. Not even a marker for the trailhead, which is beside the washrooms. Tried to follow the trail approximately, up the very steep incline covered in snow. No signs of the summer trail were visible due to the snow and lack of markers, so we were guessing and bushwhacking our way up and down the slope. Dicey with our regular winter traction devices and I think it would be too steep going downhill with snowshoes. Maybe proper mountaineering crampons with inch long spikes would work. Eventually turned around due to slow pace and unfamiliarity with the trail. I’d recommend going this early in the season only if you’ve done the trail before, and better yet, if you’ve done it in winter or you have winter backcountry experience, and armed with excellent traction and a good GPS and detailed trail map. I’d love to try this again in the summer.

May 5. Road snowed out 3 miles from trailhead. Tried to hike the extra distance but turned around 4 miles in. Might be able to do it with snowshoes if you start early morning. Lots of snowmobiles.

good easy hike with nice river views

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.

Great walk for families with young children. Brings you up close to the edge of the Skagit River. Also a bonus playground, bbq and toilet area located at the parking lot. If you wanted to make a day of it and have a picnic or bbq

hiking
5 months ago

Great easy trail with awesome views. There is bridge washout in the middle of the trails, but we crossed it without any problem.

hiking
8 months ago

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

thanks,

Bonnie

hiking
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.

Beautiful hike, but definitely bring micro spikes if you have them for the top! There are about 2-3 inches 4800 ft +.

Such a beautiful hike! So lucky to live in the PNW and have this in our backyard. There was quite a bit of snow at the top, so probably not many days left to do this hike this year.

I don't think this trail exists as of October 6 2017. Spent about an hour searching for it on various false trails around the GPS coordinates. Lots of trash in the area.

In any case, the trail is very poorly marked, if at all.

hiking
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.

Beautiful

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.

Absolutely gorgeous. The meadow and the views of Shuksan are breathtaking. Bring lots of water and be prepared for a 90% uphill slog. Worth it.

backpacking
10 months ago

Diverse hike and amazing views. My favorite trail in WA so far.

Camped about a mile down from the lookout. Plenty of berries along the trail. Will be sure to return.

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