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Results List

78 Hikes

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(14 votes)
6/17/22 - Trail closed 6/16 to 7/1 between trailhead and suspension bridge at mile 0.6 due to repairs. Access to trail will require access from trailhead at south end of lake or one of the boat-in sites on east bank.
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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2150 ft.
Highest Point: 4900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.26
(27 votes)
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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 6100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.48
(31 votes)
Rarely can hikers approach a climbers’ realm so easily, with minimal elevation gain, and enjoy beautiful views all along the way.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
Highest Point: 9127 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
10.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A scramble up a mountain near Lake Ann. Climbing experience and equipment required.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 220 ft.
Highest Point: 1200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.61
(18 votes)
Trail Closed - Horseshoe Bend Trail is closed at 0.1 mile due to erosion and land slide hazards until further notice.
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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(46 votes)
11/22/21 - Trailhead inaccessible. Glacier Creek Road is washed out at milepost 3.1 cutting off vehicle access to this trail.
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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 4400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
The Fire and Ice trail is the Mount Baker area's premiere interpretive trail, telling the story of how glaciers and volcanoes shaped this impressive place.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 4500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
11/22/21 - Trailhead inaccessible. Glacier Creek Road is washed out at milepost 3.1 cutting off vehicle access to this trail.
Following a series of winding, snow-covered forest roads, the route to Coal Pass culminates in sweeping views of Mount Baker’s glaciated northwest flank.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1820 ft.
Highest Point: 5400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.47
(47 votes)
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.
 
 

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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 5150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(13 votes)
This spectacular, short trail gets lots of love during its short hiking season. Accessible for less than three months each year, hordes of hikers and tourists take to it as the snow finally begins to melt.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(24 votes)
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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 725 ft.
Highest Point: 5700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(13 votes)
Table Mountain trail offers a variety of nice views, and opportunities to get away from the parking lot crowds at Artist Point. But heed the cautions before you set out.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2200 ft.
Highest Point: 5450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.55
(67 votes)
Hikers must pack out their waste on this trail and dispose of it in the receptacles at the trailhead
On Park Butte, hike to an historic fire lookout and come face-to-face with Koma Kulshan. Along with unobstructed panoramic views of Mount Baker, the Twin Sisters, and the rest of the North Cascades, the route to Park Butte offers dedicated campsites, wildflower-filled alpine meadows, rushing waterfalls, and a stunning variety of mushroom species.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
6/7/2022 Road Closed: This trailhead is inaccessible due to a washed out bridge on Forest Road 12 one mile past its junction with Forest Road 13.
Above the banks of the South Fork Nooksack lies Pioneer Camp and the trailhead for the Elbow Lake Trail. Climb gently the first two miles through mature, mid-elevation forest to the Bell Pass Trail junction, a little used route to Mazama Park, or continue another mile to access the remote beauty of Elbow Lake. Large, ancient yellow cedars can be found on the north side of the lake as the trail continues to wind towards the Middle Fork Nooksack.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.07
(14 votes)
6/7/2022 Road Closed: This trailhead is inaccessible due to a washed out bridge on Forest Road 12 one mile past its junction with Forest Road 13.
Dock Butte boasts sweeping views of Mount Baker, Baker Lake, and several prominent peaks in the North Cascades and Olympic Peninsula. It is a great option for beginner hikers looking to up their hiking game as well as those looking for exceptional mountain views without the mileage and time commitment of a longer hike.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3984 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.06
(16 votes)
6/7/2022 Road Closed: This trailhead is inaccessible due to a washed out bridge on Forest Road 12 one mile past its junction with Forest Road 13.
One of several Blue Lakes in Washington State, this Blue Lake lies about four and a half miles south of Mount Baker and requires less than a mile of hiking to reach it. Its translucent blue-green colors peek out beneath the shadows of a sheer rock wall partially encircling the lake, a reward for conquering the somewhat eroded and rooty trail that leads to it. Families, anglers, and hikers looking to experience a pretty subalpine lake will enjoy this short, yet memorable hike.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 6563 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.59
(59 votes)
05/10/2022 - The road to this trailhead is washed out
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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
0.1 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
This short trail leads to an observation area overlooking the waterfall on the North Fork Nooksack River.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
0.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 906 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This less-than-a-mile boardwalk hike is a lovely way to get outside and enjoy a little forest time in a cathedral of trees.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.94
(16 votes)
A loop hike to the base of Mount Baker or a rugged alternate route to Park Butte: take your pick. Along the way, soak in sweeping views of the North Cascades, gaze at Koma Kulshan’s glistening glaciers, munch on an inexhaustible supply of berries, and marvel at old-growth western hemlock forest.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2680 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2400 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 6000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(26 votes)
This popular route for summitting Mount Baker is also a brilliant summer wildflower hiking destination.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
Hike a trail that WTA is helping restore. The Ridley Creek trail provides access to scenic Mazama Park and views of Mount Baker.