Seeking a great time with a old friend and a new one, we decided that Sauk Mtn would be a perfect destination. Driving though the clouds we wondered what would be in store for us? A Sauked in summit? No, a trip to a viewpoint with partial clouds playing hide and seek with far off vistas, Perfect! This is exactly the kind of hike that pleases the soul and all the senses. One of life's experiences that enriches ones being and place on this earth never to be forgotten.
After a drive full of excitement and wonder, the parking area ended high upon the flanks of the peak offering a grand view that most all would be content with. But majestically above, the lofty summit beckons the walker toward the sky.
Casually winding up the trail ever higher, we enjoyed the sun and each others company with nary a fast heartbeat or perspiration. Soon after, we entered the cold side of the peak and into a winter landscape.
The clouds still concealed much of the surroundings, but the summit area was warm and rich with experience. Quickly finishing the walk at the viewpoint we were greeted by other people relaxing about with their kids, who were also in amazement of such a grand place.
Now a challenge lied before us, relax and enjoy the viewpoint, or, carry on to the true summit? Well...
I decided to at least 'scout' out the route which involved a exposed slab to gain another false summit. Much to my amazement, Calvin quickly joined me and after a couple words we scrambled up this harrowing section while Jon and the others watched with apprehension. We were successful with the scramble and back on safer terrain with only a couple moves that required attention on the ridge separating us from a rough boot path to the true summit. Once on top we looked over to Jon and started taking the mandatory summit photos. Not wanting to retrace our steps we searched for a safer option down which turned out to be a snowy and grassy gully and some loose, talus side hilling back to the view point. That wasn't really any safer and back at the viewpoint we joined Jon who expressed his concern about our choices and safety. After an apology regarding the lack of communication, everything was forgiven and we all celebrated the time together while waiting for all the views to appear and the sun to set. -------------- Ebrace life!
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Tue Nov 13, 2007 6:16 pm
Jeff R wrote:
My grandparents had a cabin in Rockport and this is one of the first mountain hikes I remember, back in the 70's. Thanks for the memories.
Was the trail head located at its current place? And, have you been back since?
Can't swear where the current trailhead is since I haven't been there since back then, but my Green Trails map shows the TH at 4300' and the trail up to the ridge top 1.5 miles long, which is pretty much as I remember it back then. I generally don't drive that far for such a short hike anymore.
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