Park Butte Hike Changed to Sauk Mt Hike

July 16 – Sunday – Looks like snow will keep us from comfortably reaching thePark Butte lookout, so let’s put this one off until later in the summer.  In the meantime, let’s do Sauk Mountain instead!  Should be great weather and I’m told to expect little or no snow at the top.  I’m hoping for a nice breeze to keep us cool and the bugs hunkered down.  B’ham hikers will meet at the Park N Ride just east of I-5, Exit 250 (Old Fairhaven Parkway).  We’ll DEPART THE PARK N RIDE AT 7:30 AM then rendezvous with Skagit hikers at the North Cascades National Park office in Sedro-Woolley (810 WA 20, Moore St.) and DEPART THE PARK OFFICE AT 8:00 AM.  No parking passes are required at the trailhead.  If the stars align, the Birdsview Brewing Co. will be open to thirsty hikers on our way home.  Questions?  Contact billgrove@comcast.net.

 

Trip Report

 

9 members and 2 guests set off Sunday morning from the Sauk Mt. trailhead.  It was a cool and comfortable ascent into the broken clouds.  Nice views of the Skagit and Sauk Rivers and points south.  The mountain was covered in a remarkable variety of wildflowers.  Nice view of Sauk Lake after reaching the top of the switchbacks and heading north.  Once past the turnoff to Sauk Lake, we crossed 50 yards or so of snow and headed up the rocky trail into the clouds and onto the peak.  Every once in a while a hole in the clouds would appear but for the most part we were socked in up there.  The decent provided another chance to marvel at the variety of wildflowers and the views up and down the rivers.

 

Thanks to Cathy Edelman for the following group picture.IMG_8249