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North Fork Sauk Trail #649, WA

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Difficulty 5 of 5
Distance One Way 8.95 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,073 feet
Elevation Gain 3,911 feet
Accumulated Gain 4,545 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 24.1
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Glacier Peak via Disappointment Peak Cleaver
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34.5 mi
11,693 ft
Red Mountain Trail #651
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744 ft
Bald Eagle Loop
2.1 mi away
12.0 mi
2,800 ft
Sloan Peak Meadows
2.2 mi away
8.0 mi
2,900 ft
North Fork Sauk Falls Trail
3.1 mi away
Lost Creek Ridge
3.3 mi away
10.0 mi
3,800 ft
Round Lake Trail - Mt Baker NF
3.3 mi away
11.0 mi
4,300 ft
Bedal Basin / Bedal Creek Trail
4.2 mi away
4.8 mi
2,200 ft
Bedal Basin
4.2 mi away
6.0 mi
2,200 ft
Lake Byrne
5.0 mi away
16.0 mi
3,200 ft
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Begin in impressive old-growth forest and enter Glacier Peak Wilderness at 0.5 miles. Climbing gradually, pass through a magnificent cedar forest and occasional avalanche swaths. Find campsites and backcountry toilets in 3.5 miles at Red Creek, 2,800 feet, and five miles at Mackinaw Shelter, 2,950 feet.

From here begin climbing relentless switchbacks, gaining 3,000 feet in three miles. The switchbacks seem unending, but scenic vistas begin and improve as you gain altitude. The alpine meadows and the splendid views make it well worth the effort. At 8.4 miles reach the Pacific Crest Trail 2000 and at three-fourth miles south you can find good camping on the bench below White Pass. Please bring a camp stove as wood is scarce and use existing campsites to protect fragile alpine vegetation. Hikers can also go north 3.5 miles on the PCT, over 6,500 feet, to Red Pass and good camping at Glacier Peak meadows with astounding views of Glacier Peak.

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    To hike
    Access 1
    From the Darrington Ranger District office, take Mt. Loop Highway 20 along the west side of the Sauk River. Drive 19.7 miles to Sloan Creek Road (Forest Service road 49) and turn left. Drive 6.6 miles to the trailhead.

    Access 2
    From the Verlot Public Service Center (11 miles east of Granite Falls, WA), drive east along Mt. Loop Highway 26.5 miles to Sloan Creek Road (Forest Service road 49) and turn right. Drive 6.6 miles to the trailhead.
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