Sauer's Mountain (Apr 30, 2017)

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sauer's_mtn_coverConditions: Day Hike
Gear: nothing special
Map: USGS Leavenworth
Area: Peshastin, WA
Reference: n/a
Stats: 5.19mi, 1956' gain (round trip)

It's been a couple of years since I was out to Sauer's Mtn. Some friends visit last weekend and from the photos it looked like this weekend the flowers might be going pretty strong. I put the word out that I wanted to head there and Dani was game. Now Dani was serious about Sauer's Mtn. She's visited just about every year for the past 10 years and had just returned from a vacation to Hawaii the day before. It would be good to have the company since it's been a while since we've done a hike together.

We met at our regular P&R meeting spot. It was dreary and raining. Jeeze...Seattle really has had a lot of rain this year. The forecast for Peshastin was sunny and a bit breezy with no chance of rain. It would be a nice break to see some sun.

We arrived at the trail at about 9am and it was already busy. Sauer's Mtn really has grown in popularity the past few years. It used to be a quite place, not a secret, just not popular. I think that has changed.

As soon as we headed uphill we could see balsamroot all over the hillsides. Perfect timing for our hike. Lots and lots of flowers out. I've never seen so many bluebells on one hike. This trail is lined with bluebells nearly from the start all the way to our turnaround point. Lots of anemone out too. More than I've ever seen on one trail. A few lupine out, likely those will just now get going. Ballheaded waterleaf, yellowbells, western springbeauty, woodland stars....all the standard early spring flowers were out in profusion.

We hit our turnaround spot (not the highpoint but a good viewpoint), had lunch, then headed down. We were back at the car by about 1pm. No trouble getting back to the wet westside (no traffic in the usual spots of Gold Bar, Sultan, Startup).

I'd almost forgot how steep Sauer's is. It's not a trail built to grade. It heads steeply uphill nearly the entire length.
Sauer's Mountain Slideshow

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