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The Sauk Lake Trail is a difficult 3.5 mile hike. Hikers access this trail off of the Sauk Mountain Trail #613. The trail begins in high mountain meadows switchbacking gently 26 times in the first 1.5 miles. Spectacular views of the Skagit Valley are seen along this section of the trail. At 1.5 miles, hikers will reach the trail junction. Take the trail to the right to access Sauk Lake; the trail to the left continues up the ridge for 0.5 mile to Sauk Mountain. The Sauk Lake Trail descends the north side of Sauk Mountain for 1.5 miles to subalpine Sauk Lake at elevation 4025 feet. Campsites are available at established sites along the lake. Trout fishing is available in the lake.

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.

Elevation: 4,300 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet

Distance: 3.5 miles

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Strenuous

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