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Boulder Ridge

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades
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Length

Elevation

Gain: 2700 ft.

Rating

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WTA worked here: 2013
 

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Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

This trail is a rarely traveled and quite rustic trail used primarily by climbers as an alternate climbing route for Mount Baker. The trail starts in timber and is sometimes brushy and a little muddy. At 2 miles the trail enters wilderness and is not maintained as it climbs through increasingly poor, muddy and rooty tread past numerous waterfalls.

At nearly 4 miles, climb through the moraine to the base of a cliff at Boulder Ridge. Sometimes there is a rope you can use to scramble up the lava cliffs or find a route and climb to the top.

At the top of the ridge, expansive views of Mount Baker and the Boulder Glacier await you as you traverse through open meadows. Though not for the faint of heart, this hike has a truly spectacular payoff in views and provides a solitary hiking experience.

 

Boulder Ridge

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.7140, -121.6903 Open map in new window

Trailhead

North Cascades

Boulder Ridge (#605)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Mount Baker Ranger District

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Getting There

From the Mount Baker Ranger District office in Sedro-Woolley, follow State Route 20 east for 16 miles to milepost 82. Turn left (north) on the Baker Lake Highway (Forest Service Road #11). Continue on the Baker Lake Highway for 18 miles. After passing Boulder Creek Campground and crossing Boulder Creek, turn left on Forest Service Road #1130. Drive Road #1130 for about 1 mile to the junction with Road #1131 and turn left. The trailhead and parking area are located at the end of Road #1131.

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Northwest Forest Pass
 

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