The North Fork Sauk Trail No. 649 between Mackinaw Shelter and the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest will be closed from August 8 to August 15, according to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service. Trail workers will be using explosives to reconstruct the trail and re-establish tread along the Pacific Crest Trail, which may cause rocks and debris to fall down into the closed area, creating a hazard for trail users.
The North Fork Sauk Trail is the primary route for access to Glacier Peak and the Pacific Crest Trail. Pacific Crest Trail through-hikers will be able to circumvent the closure, with possible short-term wait times near the junction during the blasting.
According to the Darrington Ranger Station, Glacier Peak can still be accessed by several other trails, including the Pilot Ridge Trail, which starts off from the North Fork Sauk Trail. Glacier Peak can also be accessed from the Indian Creek Trail on the east side, or from the Suiattle River Trail to the west.
The campsites and toilet at Mackinaw Shelter will remain open, but toilets and campsites on the trail beyond them will be closed to hikers.