This popular route for summitting Mount Baker is also a brilliant summer wildflower hiking destination.
The first 2.4 miles to Railroad Grade follow the Park Butte Trail, which crosses Sulphur Creek into colorful Schreibers Meadow. Lined with heather and wildflowers, the first mile is easy and passes in and out of forest, offering occasional glimpses of Koma Kulshan: the "Great White Watcher".
At 2 miles, the forest opens up to yet another wildflower-strewn meadow, Morovitz. At 2.4 miles, reach the Park Butte and Railroad Grade junction. Turn right and head up the stone steps, passing a few backcountry campsites and a side trail to a small tarn.
At 3 miles, reach Railroad Grade at the end of a glacial moraine. Peer over the steep edge at the glacier-fed creek below. Depending on the snow level, you may be able to hike 0.5 miles or more up the grade. At 3.5 miles is High Camp, a good turnaround point. The trail deteriorates from here and becomes a steep climber's path.
- 7.0 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 2,000 feet
- Highest Point
- 6,000 feet
The road to Artist Point is closed for the winter season
Hiking Railroad Grade
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 48.7061, -121.8096 Open in Google Maps