Please be aware that Sauer's Mountain is on private property and is made accessible thanks to the property owner who built it. in early spring, it can often be crowded, so if the parking area is full, please try another hike in the area, and come back another time when there's room to park.
This hike is on private land (hence the name Sauer's Mountain). Please be respectful of this when hiking and take extra care to observe leave no trace practices. There is no camping allowed at the trailhead. All dogs must be leashed.
Enjoy a variety of fun, funky art on the first section of trail, including many of the Sauer's carved totems and faces on trees. The trail is very narrow and the hillside is steep. Be aware of where you step to share the trail with fellow hikers. Climb steadily through balsamroot and lupine, as well as bluebells, phlox, and a myriad other wildflowers, depending on when you visit in the season.
As you ascend, look for the east edge of the Stuart Range to come into view, until you come to a fork in the trail at half-mile point. The left fork offers excellent views of the Wenatchee River Valley and the peaks surrounding you. Icicle Ridge looms in front of you, and views of the Enchantments are stunning. The right fork offers straight path through shady forest to the summit. Take either fork, as the trail reconnects later on at one-mile point, just before the viewpoint.
The trail is marked at half-mile points, allowing you to keep track of your distance. Eventually cross into National Forest Land and an old logging road. There are notices here indictaing a logging operation. Continue through forest until reaching the summit of Sauer Mountain, where hikers will find good views of the surrounding peaks, and a helpful wooden sign that indicates Rock, Clark, Glacier Peak, and many other summits.
Not tired yet? Don't worry -- the Sauer Mountain sign and summit register is not the end of the trail. More ups and downs including another high point brings you to just over 3000 feet and then the trail begins to descend, where it joins a mountain bike track. Turn around at any point here to return to your car.