|Trail Highlights:||Mountain views; wildflowers
|Round-trip Distance:||≅ 6.00 miles / 9.70 km
|Location:||Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest,
Stevens Pass / Wenatchee Valley, Washington North Cascades
|Directions:||On U.S. Route 2 between Leavenworth and Cashmere, Washington, turn left from eastbound/right from westbound between Mileposts 103 and 104 onto a bridge where signed for Peshastin
Immediately after crossing the bridge, bear left onto Main Street
Following signage for Peshastin, continue on Main Street 1.10 miles/1.80 km as it curves right, crosses beneath a railway, turns left, and becomes North Road
Turn right onto Anderson Canyon Road
Proceed 0.60 miles/1.00 km to parking lot on left at end of Anderson Canyon Road
|Required Pass:||None. The parking lot and much of the trail are on private property, but donations are accepted at the trailhead.
|Additional Trail Info:||Washington Trails Association
Sauer’s Mountain is known for its lavish spring wildflower display set against expansive mountain views. Here, lupines (Lupinus sp.) lean from the trailside. Sauer’s Mountain Trail, May 06, 2017.
Sauer’s Mountain (also known as Sauer Mountain) is named for Leonard Sauer, who owns much of the mountainside and whose labor of love resulted in this popular trail he and his family 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 climbs steeply to the mountain’s shoulder and then forks into a loop that undulates more moderately on either side of the ridge before rejoining near the summit. Beyond the summit, the trail continues 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 in the day or on a weekend to ensure a spot in the small parking lot at the trailhead and a less peopled experience on the trail.
The trail quickly climbs to a view of the orchard-filled Wenatchee Valley below and snow-capped Wenatchee Mountains beyond. Sauer’s Mountain Trail, May 06, 2017.
To the northeast, the trail provides glimpses of the Entiat Mountains, which include Sauer’s Mountain in their southern reaches. Sauer’s Mountain Trail, May 06, 2017.
To the southwest, the trail affords panoramic views of the Wenatchee Mountains’ Stuart Range, which includes the peaks and lakes known as The Enchantments. Sauer’s Mountain Trail, May 06, 2017.
Along its length, the trail ducks into and out of dense woodland. Sauer’s Mountain Trail, May 06, 2017.
In spring, the trail juxtaposes a landscape of delicate wildflowers and rugged mountain peaks. Here, a panicled death camas (Toxicoscordion paniculatum) fringes a view of the Wenatchee Mountains beyond. Sauer’s Mountain Trail, May 06, 2017.
Stars of the Central Washington spring, balsamroots (Balsamorhiza sp.) bloom across the sunny mountainside meadows (upper and lower left). The unrelated but near-lookalike arnicas (Arnica sp.) brighten shadier fringes of the woodland trailside (right). Sauer’s Mountain Trail, May 06, 2017.
In the mountainside’s open meadows, also look for yellow avalanche-lilies (Erythronium grandiflorum) (upper left), bluebells (Mertensia sp.) (upper right), desert-parsley (Lomatium sp.) (lower left), and paintbrushes (Castilleja sp.) (lower right). Sauer’s Mountain Trail, May 06, 2017.
The trailside forest and its borders host other, more delicate blooms, including waterleaves (Hydrophyllum sp.) (upper left), springbeauty (Claytonia sp.) (upper center), anemones (Anemone sp.), and various species of prairie-stars (Lithophragma sp.) (lower left and right). Sauer’s Mountain Trail, May 06, 2017.
The trail continues beyond the summit to the slightly higher Point 3172 (considered by some to be the true summit) with similar mountain views and marked by a large cairn, beyond which it continues downward as a mountain bike path. Sauer’s Mountain Trail, May 06, 2017.