Sauk Mountain Wildflowers start blooming in July. Exactly when in July varies from year to year depending upon how much snow accumulated from the winter and how warm the spring.
As soon as you leave the parking lot the trail is fringed with flowers. The first long, easy switch backs afford views out along the river and up, following the zig zag of trail to the top.
Along the way views of Mount Baker appear.
Rounding the shoulder of the mountain Sauk Lake comes into view and a trail leading to its shores. Lilies, Columbine, Lupine and more carpet the meadows.
I try to get up there several times each year. These images are from an overnight visit in July 2017.
Waiting for sunset is pleasure. The warm glow of late afternoon light envelops us.
The next morning’s light invites us to linger a while.