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A pretty but chilly walk up Mount Sauer

By on April 23, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments

Bluebells

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By Kathleen Miller

In early April, with three women and two dogs, I hiked to the summit of Mount Sauer in Peshastin, gaining 2,000 feet in elevation over three miles.

With every 1,000 feet in elevation that we gained, the colder the temperature and winds got. This is a steep hike.

For lunch, we sat on large rocks at the summit, in freezing wind blowing off snowfields in the mountains. One of the women forgot to bring a jacket, so I loaned her a down sweater with a hood. I was warm in a Mountain Hardwear stretch down jacket. When hiking, it’s important to be prepared.

Glacier Lilies are found along the trail up Mount Sauer.

Sunshine broke out in the afternoon. Hooray! Wildflowers were starting to bloom: Bluebells, Yellow Glacier Lilies, delicate Spring Beauties and more. This hike has spectacular views of the Enchantments and Glacier Peak.

For the Sauer’s Mountain hike, the Washington Trails Association warns hikers:

“Please be aware that Sauer’s Mountain is on private property and is made accessible thanks to the property owner who built it. In early spring, it can often be crowded, so if the parking area is full, please try another hike in the area, and come back another time when there’s room to park.

“This hike is on private land (hence the name Sauer’s Mountain). Please be respectful of this when hiking and take extra care to observe leave-no-trace practices. There is no camping allowed at the trailhead.”

The Enchantments

To get to the trailhead, go through Peshastin, follow the North Road and make a right before the cemetery on Anderson Canyon Road. Drive 0.7 miles to the trailhead on the left side of the road. Park your car on either side of the road.

See the website at www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/sauer-mountain.

The Sauer’s Mountain hike is not safe for small children. In some places, there are steep drop-offs and the trail is very narrow.

Dogs must be leashed at the beginning of the trail because hikers’ dogs killed several of Mr. Sauer’s chickens. When the trail turns into Forest Service land, the regulations say: “Dogs must be leashed or under firm voice control.”

There is a donation box at the trailhead.

Kathleen Miller

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