I've had Sauk Mountain on my hiking list for over seven years...even longer than Icicle Gorge. (last week's hike) Back then a friend told me she would take her little kids on it (like, really little--barely walking little) and so I figured it was a hike even I could do. (this was before I hiked at all...though, I can't really say seven years later I'm any better at it) I realize now that my friend is not your ordinary person with ordinary kids. She's your up at dawn, makes everything from scratch, pioneer type person...and so of course she'd take her toddlers on this hike. Honestly though, after doing it, I can't even imagine taking anyone under 10...but, I'm sort of ordinary that way. ;) So, all that to say, last Saturday (post 4th of July and wonderfully sunny) I thought maybe it was time to finally cross this one off my list as well. When I told my husband I was seriously considering it, he said he'd like to come along--so that sealed the deal.
My husband (the "naughty boyscout" in my July 2011 post) can always be trusted to be prepared by printing out the directions, packing surplus water, making sure the tires in the car are properly inflated...all the things I would have failed to do. (and yes, one of the tires was dangerously low. Lesson #17, check tire pressure before leaving!) Although, this time I was the one to remember the bug spray. (which we didn't even need...figures)
I was extra glad to have Ken along when we pulled onto the mountain road and saw the gigantic sign announcing that a female hiker went missing two years ago and has never been found. Another woman was mistaken as a bear and shot and killed in 2008...so this is not a hike I would recommend doing alone.
Reading the trail reports before leaving, we were aware that there was still some snow that would prevent us from driving all the way to the trail head. I had foolishly thought that now that we had a SUV with four wheel drive, this might not apply to us...but trust me, there is no car that's getting past that snow block for at least a few weeks.
|Looking good next to our sporty SUV ;)|
|Ready, set, die!...uh, I mean go!|
|Cutest outhouse ever, right? Still stinky though.|
We went along the ridge as far as we dared...easy bouldering which normally wouldn't have affected me, but I'll confess I was flipping out a little. I was glad when we found a nice flat spot to eat the rest of our lunch...what a glorious view!
|Eating my brownie on Chocolate Day. Seriously, look it up.|
|The view from our lunch ledge...see the switchbacks?|
|Boyscout Ken taking a picture for the nice ladies.|
On the way back down I took some pictures of the beautiful wildflowers, though I could tell there were MANY more to bloom soon. I think I'll come back in a couple weeks to see the show...do you think I'd look funny wearing a helmet? ;)
|Just a preview of what's to come!|