There are two different trails to reach the alpine area of Sadie Knob; from either the north or south trailheads. Each has campsites you can use as a base camp for hiking. You can hike from trailhead to trailhead and never go into the alpine if you choose. These are very well graded trails and offer leisurely hike if one wants to 'smell the roses' and do some bird watching or flower identification. The junction at the spur trail that takes you up Sadie Knob is a fantastic place to break for lunch. The log bridge and creek here are a perfect spot for a picnic. The more ambitious can then take the spur trail to the top for spectacular views and wildflower observation. At the end of the trail on a clear day you can see Mount Iliamna and Redoubt, the north coast of the park, Yukon Island, the Herring Islands and the mouth of Tutka Bay. The flowers above tree line here are abundant. Fleabane, lupine, chocolate lilies, fireweed, goldenrod, cow parsnip, salmonberries and blueberries are everywhere.
You can access the trail at North Eldred and South Eldred
Distance: 4.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 2100 feet