Hike Sauer’s Mountain

6 miles 2000 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Katherine Haveman

In the Spring you’ll catch an explosion of wildflowers on this moderate hike with views of the Enchantments and Glacier Peak.

Sauer’s Mountain is one of those well defined, moderate, and rewarding hikes that give you just the right amount of views for the effort, but the real treat is catching the wildflower bloom in mid-May.

The trailhead is located on private property.

Start by parking along the private drive and walk to the trailhead where you will most likely encounter Mr. Sauer sitting in his chair selling homemade wine underneath a sparse canopy of trees adorned with his totem carvings. No, I am not making this up. There is a donation box that you should feel free to contribute to if Mr. Sauer does not say anything himself. Otherwise, start up a gentle incline as you walk around Mr. Sauer’s vineyard and take note of the several carvings hidden in the trees.

Note: Dogs should be on leash while on private property.

After a short while the trail offers an option to walk an extra 0.2 miles for a viewpoint. Stay right if you want to keep on the main trail and see those views later on.

It won’t be long until a sign indicates that you have left Mr. Sauer’s property. The trail forks occasionally, and while I always took the left-most route, the two will loop together again and end up a single trail. The trail here, and for the entirety of the hike is very narrow, albeit well-defined, and offers little shade. You’ll be walking single-file as the brush and wildflowers graze your arms and legs with each step. There are half-mile markings along the trail so that you can keep track of your progress.

The trail will continue along its constant incline, but never too severely until the very end. Just before the ‘end’ of the trail, you’ll come to what looks like a four-way junction, but ignore the over-grown bike trails and head straight (and coincidently, up) to where a sign and trail log await. 

You can continue along the tail as it dips and rises for another quarter of a mile or so before joining up with the mountain bike trails, but most chose to end their hike at the Sauer’s Mountain sign. Enjoy the views and head back down when ready.

More notes: In the Spring when the foliage is abundant, you will be brushing up against a lot of plants, and if you have sensitive skin or allergies you are likely to get a small reaction (both my hiking partner and I got small rashes on our hands from the brush, but they disappeared by the time we made it back to the car).

Take a short drive to Leavenworth afterwards and indulge in a beer at one of the several breweries in town. 

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Great Day Hike for Exercise with Views

This hike is a very doable 6 mile out-and-back with plenty of sun exposure and bun-burner sections but some rolling walking through tree-shaded sections along a ridge as well. The trail offers the very unique carvings at the beginning while on Mr. Sauer's property, and the reward of panoramic views of the river valley and peaks beyond as well. I hiked on Sept 10 and the weather was terrific. 75 degrees and partly cloudy. I left the parking lot around 11:15 a.m., dropped a couple bucks in the homemade wooden box and headed up. The trail is easy to follow. It is wide enough for one person and well compacted. There are a few places where the trail has eroded and watching your step is wise lest you slide steeply downhill. I worked up a sweat and 148 bpm heart rate in a few sections that were steep uphill but not technical by any means. The trail goes along fully exposed hillside for about a mile. At the 1.5 mile mark there is a sign pointing right to "Sauer Mountain" and left to "Loop Trail." Head right. The loop trail is a nice alternative to the main trail for the trip back. You'll go up up up with some leveling out for a little break. The last mile seems like more than a mile because there isn't much of a break from the steady uphill walk. There are a couple large backhoes at the forest service road that crosses the trail. Keep going across the road and hoof it up the steep hill to the viewpoint and log. Take a break, have a snack, and enjoy the view as you identify the peaks across the valley with the help of the carved sign. Going back is a lot faster than getting there since it's all pretty much downhill. Take the loop trail if you like, it will get you back to the main trail in about 3/4 mile. Nice hike not far off the beaten path. I hiked on a Monday and saw one other 2-person hiking party. My dog liked it too.

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