Sauer’s Mountain (also known as Sauer Mountain) is named for Leonard Sauer, whose family owns much of the mountainside and whose labor of love resulted in this popular trail that is open to the public throughout the hiking season. The trail showcases the montane forest characteristic of the Cascades’ eastern slopes, alternating between pine woodlands and ranging meadows. Situated in the North Cascades’ Entiat Range, Sauer’s Mountain affords sweeping vistas of its neighboring Entiats and, across the Wenatchee Valley below, the Central Cascades’ Wenatchee Mountains. The mountain is best known for its spring wildflower display, which encompasses an impressive multitude of species. The trail forks near the trailhead and climbs rigorously to the mountain’s shoulder, where it forks again into a loop that undulates more moderately on either side of the ridge before rejoining and steepening near the summit. Beyond the summit, the trail continues a short distance higher up the ridge to Point 3172 and then continues as a mountain bike trail.
Because the parking lot and trailhead are located on the Sauers’ private property, no state or federal pass is required to access the trail; however, cash donations are accepted at the trailhead. The family expressly requires that all dogs be leashed. Because the trail is quite popular during the spring wildflower season, consider visiting early or on a weekday to ensure a spot in the small parking lot at the trailhead and a less peopled experience on the trail.