Since the Whitechuck Trail has been washed out this trail has become the main route to climb Glacier Peak. Climbers mix with backpackers and day hikers on the way to various destinations.
The North Fork Sauk River is never far away, and always in earshot, but seldom seen. At two miles is a junction with the trail to Pilot Ridge. A short walk on a spur trail here takes you over to the North Fork Sauk River. This is among the best viewpoints of the river.
The route has numerous small ups and downs, meandering alongside the river. At the 4-mile mark is Red Creek, where a new bridge makes crossing a snap. During the time that there was no bridge this was a difficult ford, but now hikers can easily carry on to Mackinaw Shelter at 5.5 miles, where the North Fork Sauk River hike ends and climbing begins.
Go as far as you like. This can be a short hike to the junction with the Pilot Ridge Trail, or up to 11 miles roundtrip to the shelter and back.
sourced – Washington Trails Association
video credit – Rob William