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Results List

77 Hikes
Wild Goose

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
10/22/200 Road closed: Highway 542 is closed at the Bagley Lakes trailhead cutting off vehicle access to this trailhead.
Hike from the Artist Point parking area to the Heather Meadows Visitor Center and back. With 1,100 feet of elevation gain, you'll have a great thigh workout. Combine Wild Goose with many of the other short trails in the area to make a full day of exploration, or use the Wild Goose trail to access Swift Creek or Lake Ann.
 
 
Silesia Creek

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2680 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
This is a lightly used trail located at the end of the Twin Lakes Road. Finding solitude is not a problem on this seldom used trail. Check out this hike for a break from the crowds at Winchester Lookout and Twin Lakes.
 
 
Excelsior Pass via Nooksack River

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(12 votes)
This trail is a staircase of switchbacks that march ever upward through thick forest to deliver hikers to an iconic ridge walk in the North Cascades.
 
 
Lake Ann (Mount Baker Highway)

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.21
(24 votes)
10/22/200 Road closed: Highway 542 is closed at the Bagley Lakes trailhead cutting off vehicle access to this trailhead.
Enjoy up-close, breathtaking views of Mount Shuksan’s west face, along with views of Fisher Chimney, the upper and lower Curtis Glacier, as well as Mount Baker from the trail to Lake Ann. The lake in a rocky basin, in the midst of this spectacular scenery. On some days you can hear ice echoing through the valley as it crashes down the face of Mount Shuksan. This is a late season hike, as snow can linger here into August.
 
 
Horseshoe Bend

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 220 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.59
(17 votes)
Here's a Mount Baker Highway gem that's low enough to be passable all year and at the same time easy enough for the whole family. It's also a terrific spot to witness the power of water.
 
 
Heliotrope Ridge

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(43 votes)
If you'd like nose-to-nose access to Mount Baker, this first-rate woodsy walk delivers. Over a relatively short, well-maintained trail with mild elevation gain, you can be glacier-side in no time... if the creek crossings allow.
 
 
Hannegan Pass and Peak

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 6200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.35
(23 votes)
The wide-open trail to Hannegan Pass and Hannegan Peak offers spectacular mountain views, glorious alpine wildflowers, waterfalls and glaciers. Choose to hike to 5050 foot Hannegan Pass (about 8 miles roundtrip) or press on to the 6200 foot summit of Hannegan Peak -- 10.6 miles roundtrip.
 
 
Goat Mountain

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 5600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.16
(19 votes)
From the top, you’ll marvel at vistas of icy peaks including Mounts Baker, Shuksan and Sefrit. Big alpine meadows with plenty of huckleberries in the fall!
 
 
Church Mountain

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3750 ft.
Highest Point: 6100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.32
(28 votes)
The rewards for this strenuous hike are a bouquet of fall colors and a vast panorama of North Cascades mountains.
 
 
Chain Lakes Loop

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1820 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.45
(44 votes)
10/22/2020 Road closed: Highway 542 is closed at the Bagley Lakes trailhead cutting off vehicle access to this trailhead.
This gorgeous loop hike has it all: big views of Mounts Baker and Shuksan, as well as the North Cascades, alpine lakes for swimming, and well-maintained trail winding through meadows and heather. And with wildflowers in spring, blueberry bushes for trail-side snacking in late summer and blazing color in the fall, you can't pick a bad season to visit.
 
 
Baker River

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(14 votes)
Take a mellow walk on a trail that wanders among large old trees and huge mossy boulders. The trail alongside Baker River takes you on a path of gentle up and downs, splashing your way through stream crossings and past open areas filled with young alder, huckleberry and salmonberry. On a quiet spring day, your chances of seeing wildlife are excellent.
 
 
Baker Lake - Maple Grove

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(12 votes)
Magnificent old growth forests, stellar views of Mount Baker, turbulent tributaries, and, of course, a beautiful lake make this trail a great path to travel.
 
 
Anderson and Watson Lakes

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.38
(21 votes)
This trail features plenty of variety, with destinations spaced perfectly for families or first-time backpackers. Beautiful hemlock forest, meadows dotted with wildflowers, gleaming lakes, mountain views, juicy berries and excellent camping are all available. Wait until later in the hiking season though, as this area is known for its bugs.
 
 
Excelsior Peak via Damfino Lakes Trail

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5699.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(11 votes)
Disregarding the apocryphal stories about their name, the Damfino Lakes are noteworthy only to distinguish this route from two other routes. The lakes pale in comparison to these magnificent destinations: Excelsior Pass, the High Divide, and Excelsior Peak.
 
 
Yellow Aster Butte

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2550 ft.
Highest Point: 6150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.41
(59 votes)
Campfires are not allowed in this area.
Find supreme wildflower gardens and a high-country plateau speckled with shimmering tarns-but that's not all. Spectacular alpine vistas abound too-of Baker, Shuksan, and all those rugged and craggy peaks straddling the 49th parallel. Yellow Aster Butte may be a misnomer (those yellow-petaled delights are actually daisies), but you definitely don't want to miss hiking here.
 
 
Welcome Pass

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.46
(13 votes)
Providing access to the gorgeous views along the High Divide, Welcome Pass is a nice option for those looking for a workout. Count the 66 switchbacks from the trailhead to the pass at 5,200 feet.
 
 
Swift Creek

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 3930.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Part of the scenic Pacific Northwest Trail, rugged 8-mile Swift Creek Trail accesses the Mount Baker Wilderness.
 
 
Skyline Divide

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 6563.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.57
(53 votes)
The Skyline Divide is a 6000-foot-high ridgeline extension of Mount Baker that transforms itself into a summertime paradise of unrivaled mountain views and unending wildflower fields, a trail that deposits you just 3.5 miles from the summit itself.
 
 
Artist Point Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(22 votes)
10/22/2020 Road closed: Highway 542 is closed at the Bagley Lakes trailhead. Visitors must park here and snowshoe or ski up the road to this trailhead.
Artist Point is the top competitor for best viewpoint in the state. The beautifully shaped Mount Shuksan is the star of the area, with a gorgeous summit pyramid and several impressive glaciers. This relatively easy snowshoe is an excellent winter destination with a virtual guarantee of good snow coverage.
 
 
Ptarmigan Ridge

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 6100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.48
(29 votes)
10/22/200 Road closed: Highway 542 is closed at the Bagley Lakes trailhead cutting off vehicle access to this trailhead.
Rarely can hikers approach a climbers’ realm so easily, with minimal elevation gain, and enjoy beautiful views all along the way.
 
 
Chilliwack River

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
17.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 2365 ft.
Highest Point: 4440.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
The Chilliwack River Trail is an important part of the Copper Ridge Loop and is also part of the traverse between Hannegan Pass and Ross Lake via a connection with the Little Beaver Trail.
 
 
Copper Ridge

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
13.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
The Copper Ridge Trail forms part of the popular and iconic Copper Ridge Loop. The trail climbs to a ridge with stunning views before dropping down to the Chilliwack River Valley.
 
 
White Salmon Road Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 485 ft.
Highest Point: 3500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Snowshoe or cross-country ski on this road just below the Mount Baker Ski Area.
 
 
Schriebers Meadow Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
On the flanks of Mount Baker’s south side, Schriebers Meadow makes for a delightful snowshoe excursion, either for a daytrip or an overnight experience.
 
 
Picture Lake

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.11
(9 votes)
Follow a short, ADA-accessible path around Picture Lake, home to one of the most photographed vistas in America. Featuring a backdrop of craggy Mount Shuksan and a foreground of wilflowers ringing a sparkling lake in summer, Picture Lake is pretty as, well, a picture.
 
 
Huntoon Point Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(5 votes)
With a starting elevation of 4,300, this tour is your best guarantee of good snow, even in a lean year.
 
 
Salmon Ridge Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
With gentle terrain, easy river access and views of snow-laden peaks, this narrow river valley is an inviting snowshoe destination, especially for beginners.
 
 
Baker Hot Springs

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
 
Drive a rough road to a short trail leading to extremely popular hot springs near Mount Baker.
 
 
Mount Shuksan

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
Highest Point: 9127.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
10/22/200 Road closed: Highway 542 is closed at the Bagley Lakes trailhead cutting off vehicle access to this trailhead.
 
 
Mount Ann

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
10.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
10/22/200 Road closed: Highway 542 is closed at the Bagley Lakes trailhead cutting off vehicle access to this trailhead.
A scramble up a mountain near Lake Ann. Climbing experience and equipment required.