A compact little group of 5 left the Sedro Woolley ranger station just before 8 am.. SR20 was almost empty once we left town, and we made good time to the Sauk road. The road is in excellent shape except for the usual violent bumps at the bends, and the last 1/4 mile which is definitely rough. There was still parking space at the trailhead. We started up the trail, admiring the flowers (paintbrush, tiger lily, bistort, phlox, valerian, columbine, etc, etc) as we went, and stopping now and then to take in the views. The trail is mostly in good condition, except for a few erosion gullies, and contrary to recent trip reports, there were almost no biting flies. There were insects, though- hordes of butterflies, making good use of the flowers and apparently extracting some sort of nourishment from the slightly damp trail. A short snow patch followed by a final steep section took us to the top, with a 360 degree view of the Cascades, the Skagit and Sauk valleys, Glacier, Baker and Shuksan peaks. It was another great day out in the mountains. Pictures are posted on the MBC Flickr Album Page, so you can see what you missed.