Old Sauk Accessible Trail #728

Now Everyone Can Enjoy An Outing Through Lush Green Forest & Views Of The Sauk River!
The accessible trail travels a gentle grade through beautiful forest lands, photo by Martha Rasmussen

This very special trail just south of Darrington, is approximately a 1.3 mile loop with a short spur to the river.  Now hikers of all abilities from wheelchairs to strollers can enjoy lush green forest, wildflowers and the musical sounds of the Sauk River.

Pullout vista over looking wetlands, photo by Martha Rasmussen

The trail which is an addition to the Old Sauk Trail winds through mossy remnants of old growth, second growth and riparian forest with a couple of gentle grades with no significant elevation gain . There are a couple of turnouts along the trail where forest, wetlands and wildlife can be viewed.  This trail is a great year round destination and snow free for most of the year.

Getting a nice view of the Sauk River, photo by Martha Rasmussen

Seeing the Sauk River season by season is like discovering a new river every time!  Spring is a time of fresh brilliant green leaves and emerald green waters.  Summer is a time of snow melt and whitewater rapids.  Fall is a pageant of colors as the leaves change, then giving way to winter when the shores are framed with lacy frosted trees.  During fall and winter keep you eye out for Bald Eagles which come to feed on the salmon.

Crossing the seasonal stream along the trail, photo by Martha Rasmussen

At about the middle of the loop the trail comes to a bridge crossing a stream.  This a great spot to see wood violets, trillium and other wildflowers.

To get to the Old Sauk Accessible Trail #728  which has a vault toilet.

Although this trail tends to be accessible year round it is good idea to check for current conditions or call the ranger station at:  Darrington - 360.436.1155, Verlot - 360.691.7791.  No recreation pass is required

Type of trail: USFS
Length: 1.3 miles
Elevation: very little
Level of difficulty: easy, this trail is barrier free making it possible for wheelchair use and good pick for small children in strollers

Best Seasons: All seasons

Seasonal Interest:
  • Spring - viewing possible salmon spawning, birding, wildflowers, river vista
  • Summer - thick forest canopy, wildflowers, birding, river vista
  • Fall - fall colors, fascinating mushrooms
  • Winter - eagle viewing, during snow fun looking for animal tracks, during deeper snow possible snow shoeing

General Information:

Wilderness Restrictions: No

Restroom:  Accessible vaulted toilet at trailhead

Northwest Trail Pass is required

Bring drinking water

Getting There: From the Darrington Ranger Station, drive south on the Mountain Loop Highway approximately 6 miles, the trailhead will be on the left.  This is the middle Old Sauk Trailhead which is signed.

Further Information:

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest