Hiking, Pregnancy, Top Trips

No sour faces on Sauer’s Mountain

The day after my family flew back to Norway, JK and I drove to Peshastin to visit another spring classic, Sauer’s Mountain. We had driven to Leavenworth the weekend before to show my grandma the wunderbar “Bavaria” (and to buy our grumpy friend Andreas an “A grouchy German is a sour kraut” bumper sticker), but this hike is more than worth another long drive across the mountains.

Smiley boys

We doused Wellie and Basil (and our own legs) in cedar oil in hope that it would ward off any ticks that we fragile westsiders aren’t used to, then headed on up the trail, past all the cool wood carvings on Sauer’s property and into wildflower wonderland. Glacier lilies, lupine, paintbrush, and the star of the show – balsamroot. ALL the balsamroot.

Most trails are my happy place... We see you, little lizard!
Towards the Enchantments Ferdinand

This was our best hike of the year so far, by far. We kept stopping (for me to catch my breath and) to just look around and take it all in – the flowers, the sunshine, the happy pups, and the sweet scent of ponderosa pine. Aahhh.

Flower boys

The trail definitely felt more challenging than it usually does, but in a good way. I was high on endorphins right from the start, thanks to my newly lowered threshold, and got an excellent workout for both my psyche and my body, not to mention lots of soothing swaying for my belly-dweller. Whenever I sit down and relax, she starts dancing around in there, but when I move, she seems to go right to sleep. This bodes well for all the neighborhood trail walks I plan to go on this fall with my little marsupial sidekick snuggled up in a baby carrier.

I forgot about the ups and downs

P.S. There wasn’t a tick in sight, huzzah!

Sauer’s Mountain | 5.5 miles | 2000 feet elevation gain –


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  • Reply KenP May 8, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Hey — I’ll have to add that to my list. Great report!

    And thanks for the reminder about the ticks. I’ve hiked up toward Snow Lakes (Enchantments) years ago and saw a lot around Memorial Day. We’re so spoiled on the West Slope.

  • Reply jill i May 13, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Did/blogged about this hike a few summers ago. Yours looks like a more pleasant day with the balsamroot, snow on mountains, etc. My trip was in late July and baking hot and dry. Glad you’re blogging more again, always enjoy.

  • Reply Ingunn May 14, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Jill, I was wondering how it would look in the summer! It would be way to hot for this viking-blooded weenie. :)

  • Reply Rachel May 14, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Have you done the Icicle Ridge Trail? I did it just last weekend and it was beautiful! But I think in summer it would be a scorcher since there is NO shade due to a recent fire. The view is spectacular since you get to look down at Leavenworth. I will definitely have to add Sauer’s Mountain to my list :)

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