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Middle Fork Nooksack River Snowshoe

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area
48.7281, -121.9025 Map & Directions
Length
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1850 feet
Highest Point
4850 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
Middle Fork Nooksack. Tooter.
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers

This snowshoe route follows Forest Road 38 at the end of the Middle Fork Nooksack Valley. Continue reading

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Hiking Middle Fork Nooksack River Snowshoe

This snowshoe route follows Forest Road 38 at the end of the Middle Fork Nooksack Valley. 

From the Mosquito Lake Road, drive east on Forest Road 38 as far as you can given the snow conditions. If you can make it, a good place to start walking is about 12 miles east of the Mosquito Lake turn-off where the road begins switchbacking uphill (this is the same location as the Ridley Creek Trailhead). 

Either start here or walk in to this point, then start ascending on Forest Road 38 as it switchbacks up a relatively gentle slope to its end. Keep an eye out for avalanche terrain, especially as the road nears its end after the sixth switchback. 

The snow conditions will largely determine the shape of a trip here, depending on how far you are able to drive up the road, but as with any winter road snowshoe, you can turn around at the point of your choosing to dial in the miles just right.

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Middle Fork Nooksack River Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.7281, -121.9025 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Getting There

From Highway 542 about 3 miles east of Deming, turn right onto Mosquito Lake Road. Stay on Mosquito Lake Road for 4.8 miles then turn left onto the Middle Fork Road. Drive this road for another 12.3 miles to the start of this route description. If the snow prevents you from driving in this far, park where you can and walk in on Forest Road 38 to pick up this route.

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Trailhead

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

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

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Middle Fork Nooksack River Snowshoe

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