Mileage: 11 miles RT
Elevation Gain/High: 4300/5600ft
Map: Green Trails Sloan Peak No 111
Favorite Eats After Hike: Mirkwoodshire and Cafe
As always, practice Leave No Trace. Pretty Please.
6/15/2015 When I pulled up to the TH, I wasn’t even sure I was in the right spot. There was one truck, a car that looked like someone had been sleeping in it and a campfire ring. I drove by and that is when I saw the sign for the trail tucked back in the woods a bit. I pulled back and parked reluctantly. I was hoping my car would be there when I got back!
The trail began off easy enough on a wide old railroad bed but became steep through the forest as it made it’s way up to the ridge. There was no water along the trail and I was glad that I had packed enough. Once there, the views of the cascades were hazy and layered. I came to a unmarked junction where I could go left and up or continue on the ridge so I did do that for a bit. I wandered for awhile on overgrown trail on the side of the mountain, taking in views of Sloan and Bedal. I guess this trail will continue to Lake Bryne and eventually the Pacific Crest Trail around Kennedy Creek. After a bit I came back and hiked up over the saddle and stood for a view of Round Lake. I had heard there was a boot path to the right to a summit above the lake, so I made my way up along that. I had it to myself and watched a few folks down at the lake, including someone hoping to catch some fish.
Directions: Take exit 208 off of I-5 and drive east on SR 530 for 32 miles to Darrington. At a three-way stop, turn right onto the Mountain Loop Highway and proceed 16 miles (the pavement ends at 9 miles). To FR 49 on your left (signed for the North Fork Sauk Trail). Follow FR 49 for 3 miles to the very small TH (elev. 1850 ft) on your left. Parking has room for a few cars just before the actual TH.