Old Sauk Trail


Day Hike - Old Sauk Trail

Seattle Naturalists moss hike to follow-up on the courses in a beautiful location.

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  • Easy
  • Casual
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 150 ft
  • Pace: casual exploration

Meet at the main trailhead with a restroom at 10:00 am. This is the second pull-off 6 miles up the Mountain Loop from Darrington.

From I-5, take Hwy 530 to exit 208, signed for Arlington/Darrington and drive Hwy 530 to Darrington. At the 'T' intersection in Darrington, turn right onto the Mountain Loop Hwy.

There are three access points for this trail. Reach the first parking lot 3.6 miles from the intersection in Darrington. There is a parking lot, but no facilities here. In another 1.8 miles, reach the main trailhead. This is a large paved parking lot with several picnic tables, a toilet and garbage can. This is the access for the ADA portion of the trail.

With the goal being exploring mosses along the trail and at the river; our pace will vary as we try to understand what we see.

Expect some mud in places.

The best way to observe mosses/liverworts/lichens is with a camera with macro capability. I use Olympus. Alternatively, bring a lighted loupe for viewing very small scale detail.

We will adhere to Mountaineer Covid Conduct principles. Try to have at least one shot if possible before the field trip and you will need to wear a mask and keep distance.


Old Sauk Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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