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Shadow of The Sentinels

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area
48.6395, -121.7237 Map & Directions
Length
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
50 feet
Highest Point
900 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash

This interpretive trail is a great one for visitors of all ages. Thanks to the boardwalk, it's great for all comers, including those with mobility issues. Educational signs found along the trail illustrate the purpose of our forests and the reason we need to preserve them. Continue reading

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Hiking Shadow of The Sentinels

This interpretive trail is a great one for visitors of all ages. Thanks to the boardwalk, it's great for all comers, including those with mobility issues. Educational signs found along the trail illustrate the purpose of our forests and the reason we need to preserve them.

The trail’s dedicated parking area and a large wooden sign makes it easy to spot, just on the right-hand side of Baker Lake Road. Upon beginning your hike, you’ll see that a large portion of this trail is a boardwalk to help preserve the ecosystem and to allow for those visiting with strollers or wheelchairs to enjoy the area.

And there’s much to enjoy. Gaze in awe up the massive trunks of old-growth Douglas-firs, Western red cedars and others giants along this trail. Some of the trees are estimated to be nearly 700 years old! Read the interpretive signs to get a better sense of the area, and imagine what these trees could tell you if they could talk.

Springtime should give you unobstructed access to this trail and when you’re done here, head on up the road to its end and find several other longer, but relatively easy hikes to do in the same day.

WTA Pro Tip: In winter, the trailhead is a Sno-Park, infrequently plowed and rendering the trail impassable for wheelchairs or strollers. While this trail is at a low elevation, its nestled into the Cascade mountain range and snow can stick around well into spring. Read trip reports to figure out if you’ll need to prepare for snow during your visit.

Wheelchair Accessibility

While this hike is wheelchair-friendly in the summer, in winter it is a Sno-Park and inaccessible to wheelchairs.

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Hike Description Written by
Mike Morrison, WTA Correspondent

Shadow of The Sentinels

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.6395, -121.7237 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Interstate 5, exit for Highway 20 and drive east for 17 miles to milepost 82. Then turn left to Baker Lake Road. Head north for 15 miles until you spot the sign on your right for The Shadow of The Sentinels. There is a large old-growth tree cut away section on display at the beginning of the trail.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

Shadow of The Sentinels (#623)

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

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