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Baker Hot Springs — Nov 27, 2012 — Harris
Day hike
Issues: Water on trail
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Use Forest Service Road 1130 to access the hot springs .The road 1144 has been decommissioned and is...
Use Forest Service Road 1130 to access the hot springs .The road 1144 has been decommissioned and is closed to all motorized use after baker hot springs trailhead. The pool temperature is not enough to make you sweat in cold wether (little less than 100 F) but still enjoyable. The pool depths is 1~2 ft. We met a few people there and they all look happy with it.

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Baker Hot Springs — Nov 17, 2012 — firebeard
Day hike
Issues: Water on trail
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I had one last weekend to impress upon the girlfriends parents who were visiting from Florida why Wa...
I had one last weekend to impress upon the girlfriends parents who were visiting from Florida why Washington is so dang spectacular. This weekend given the weather and needing to find a place not to strenuous to get to I chose Baker Hot Springs. It was my first time out there as well and given the time of year the springs has had some time to filter out all of summers nastiness. We arrived at noon Saturday and were the only ones there for 2 hours before a group of three arrived as we were leaving. Pool temperature was perfect and the cool rain dropping on us felt great as we took in the heat of a our soak. This was a perfect place to finish a week of showing her parents Washington's back-country. Besides some potholes coming in the drive to the parking lot was not too bad. The amount of litter was ridiculous, but having a rad spot like Baker Hot springs so accessible I suppose is the price we pay.
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Baker Hot Springs — Oct 12, 2010 — Ryan
Day hike
Features: Fall foliage
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We took FR 1130 to get to the parking lot which isn't a bad road but has quite a few good sized poth...
We took FR 1130 to get to the parking lot which isn't a bad road but has quite a few good sized potholes. The trail in is pretty well cleared of debris and doesn't seem to have any big trip or slip hazards. Even so, I'd encourage people to wear real shoes for the hike instead of the sandals or flip flops that people often wear when they're thinking of hot springs.

The pool is still clean and well taken care of with very very little litter around. We got there around 4 and there was no one there. One man showed up about an hour after we arrived and he was friendly enough and didn't ruin the romance of the springs. We sat out there until well after the stars came out and it was a crystal clear night.

The only real nuisance came in the form of a Skagit County Sheriff named Officer Oswald who decided to come hassle us for drinking a single beer. He threatened to give us tickets for drinking in public and ticket the gentleman who had showed up after us for soaking in the nude, despite being in the middle of the woods and he even got rather verbally abusive and used profanity. We saw him driving in because you can see the road from the pool but didn't realize he would be so petty. My advice is just to keep an eye out for them and hide your beer and cover yourself up with a towel until you see the car drive back up the road. We didn't let him ruin our evening though and just laughed off his power trip and continued enjoying this beautiful pool.

As always, respect the beauty and sanctity of this precious resource and pack out all your trash and even someone else's if they have left it behind. For the record, the police officer didn't pick up any of the litter that had been left at the trail head. Tisk tisk...

If you bring a dog keep it out of the pool as the hot water can cause them to overheat since their bodies cool off differently than ours. Also bring them fresh water because drinking out of the pool will make them sick. I brought my guy a rawhide to chew on and fresh water and he was perfectly content.
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Baker Hot Springs — Oct 02, 2010 — Sandra D
Day hike
Features: Fall foliage
Issues: Blowdowns | Bridge out | Washouts | Water on trail | Road to trailhead inaccessible
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On this sunny Saturday our family of 4, McClane, Sandra, T (3 1/2) and Mavie (2) set out to find the...
On this sunny Saturday our family of 4, McClane, Sandra, T (3 1/2) and Mavie (2) set out to find the Baker hot springs, east on north cascades hwy 20, north on baker lake road. We were ill equipped with only Joan Burton's book "Best hikes with children in Western Washington & the cascades" which is apparently outdated because the forest road 1144 we were guided to turn onto after the park creek campground is blocked off with big bolders and no signs of directions for hot springs anywhere. We decided to hike along the road which I suppose a few years ago was still maintained but now has numerous ditches and springs crossing it. Not an easy hike for families with children!! After 3.2 miles uphill a windy road with obstacles such as fallen trees, we arrived after roughly 2 hours at another road block from which a trail leads into the woods. It does lead to the springs and it's a sulphury eggy place to soak your achy bones after a long hike. Forest road 1130 would have taken us there too, a lot quicker :-)
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Baker Hot Springs #617 — Aug 02, 2008 — Dave Reichgott
Day hike
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A summer morning after a two-inch rainfall, my best hiking buddy and I headed up FS road #1144 (Moro...

A summer morning after a two-inch rainfall, my best hiking buddy and I headed up FS road #1144 (Morowitz Creek Road) opposite Baker Lake Resort. The road is severely potholed and at Park Cr Campground a sign reads ""Road Damage Ahead."" We went gingerly, in a high-ground-clearance vehicle, and at 5 mph it was no problem. Faster would be insane, and you would probably bottom out in a standard car. There are no washouts but in places the brush is no wider apart than l vehicle. Be prepared to back up quite a ways if you meet another. The road ends in 4 miles and the trail is to the left, unmarked but obvious, at a large turnaround where the road meets a bulldozed end. The trail is in good shape, about 1/3 mile to the Springs, stinky but soothing.

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Baker Hot Springs #617 — Jan 14, 2001 — The Mighty Four
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns | Mudholes | Water on trail
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We were up at the Skagit River, Marblemount, eagle watching and doing some photography, so decided ...

We were up at the Skagit River, Marblemount, eagle watching and doing some photography, so decided to hike in and soak at Baker Hotsprings. I have tried to go in for a couple of years over the MLK long weekend, but the snow level was always too low, making it a longer hike than I wanted. This year I drove all the way to the trailhead on a fairly rough road; needing a high clearance vehicle. Take the road to Baker Lake and go to FS Rd.(which is not marked at this time) 1144 and turn left. It is on a corner, almost directly across from the Baker Lake Resort sign. Go about 4.2 miles on this pot-holed dirt road. The trailhead is on the left at the end of the road. There are a couple of blow-downs on the trail, but easy to get across. The trail is muddy, wear good boots. The hotsprings is murky looking and the water could have been hotter, but we enjoyed it. You can find some really hot springs that come out in the pool. The BAD part was there were several young (rough looking) adults with 3 big rifles they were firing right around the hotsprings. They were camped there. There was also a young woman with them who was firing a bow into a tree about 15 feet from us while drinking beer. With that group was about 6 or 8 young boys (from ages 7 to 13). There didn't seem to be a responsible person in the group, and to be very honest the four of us women and two college students (one girl one boy) who were in the hotsprings were scared. We left in a group and hoped for safety in numbers and everything was OK. It was a situation I would have avoided.

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Baker Hot Springs (#617)
North Cascades -- Mount Baker Highway

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