North Fork Sauk River Trail - Frontcountry Youth Vacation

Darrington Ranger District

4:00PM - 2:30PM
Sun, Jul 05 to Fri, Jul 10, 2015


North Fork Sauk by OutdoorDan

We need your help to fix up this little corner of paradise. The North Fork Sauk River Trail is a popular multi-use trail in the Darrington Ranger District that accesses the PCT. You'll get thank yous from horses and their riders and the many climbers that use this trail to access climbing routes on Glacier Peak. Your work will not go unnoticed! You'll be working in an old growth forest; take a second to look up at the ancient trees all around you. Your camp will be right on the river, so you can hang out or play around in the cool water after a hard day's work.

Car camp with up to 4 miles of hiking with 1000' elevation gain each day

Tread repair, drainage work and brushing are all needed on this section of trail

The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest stretches a staggering 1,724,299 acres, from the Canadian border to the north side of Mount Rainier National Park. It encompasses a wide range of ecosystems: glacier-covered peaks, spectacular mountain meadows and old-growth forests. The area is also rich in history and outdoor opportunities.

Located right outside of Darrington, this trail has become the main route to climb Glacier Peak. Climbers mix with backpackers and day hikers on the way to various destinations.

The North Fork Sauk River is never far away, and always in earshot, but seldom seen. At two miles is a junction with the trail to Pilot Ridge. A short walk on a spur trail here takes you over to the North Fork Sauk River. This is among the best viewpoints of the river.

The route has numerous small ups and downs, meandering alongside the river. At the 4-mile mark is Red Creek, where a new bridge makes crossing a snap. During the time that there was no bridge this was a difficult ford, but now hikers can easily carry on to Mackinaw Shelter at 5.5 miles, where the North Fork Sauk River hike ends and climbing begins.

This is one of our Youth Volunteer Vacations. There is $245 fee ($205 for WTA members). You will be required to fill out an application form including your outdoors experience and medical history before we can allow you to join the trip.

This is a youth-only week-long work party. You must be under 18 years old to attend. Participants must be able to attend all days. Late arrivals and early departures are not allowed.


GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head

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