Best Trails in Mt. Baker National Forest

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on Chain Lakes Loop Trail
1 day ago

OMG. What a gorgeous hike. We took 4 hours. Don't miss it!! It's a 6 star hike. I would rate it as medium, for for a newbie it might be more difficult. Treat yourself. You won't regret it.

on Sulphur Creek Trail
2 days ago

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on Goat Lake Trail
2 days ago

hiking

We have been up to Goat Lake twice and it is becoming one of our favorite trails. The next trip will be an overnight for sure. This is an easy hike for the initiated and the lower trail follows Elliott Creek a majority of the way up. Stop and take in the meadow just before arriving to the Lake and also be sure to spend some time at the falls before the meadow. The upper trail is definitely more mundane but beautiful views and very easy terrain make it worth at least taking it once.

on Baker Lake Trail
2 days ago

backpacking

What a fantastic backpacking experience. I hiked in solo and stayed overnight from Thursday to Friday. The hike in was extremely pleasant until about mile 3. The majority of the trail meanders parallel to the lake so you get fantastic views of the lake, lots of shade and a nice breeze. The last mile however veers inland where the brush, bugs and sun exposure get much worse. Cruise through it though because the camp site at Maple Grove is awesome. Of the 6 camp spots, a few were closed and a few were taken by boaters. The best spot for a solo hiker, Site 1, was open and away from the other campers so I really had the place to myself. The forest is very quiet but the lake can get noisy with boats from time to time. Being by myself I welcomed the occasional waterskier or fishing boat to watch. This was an excellent trip overall. The next time I come I will bring the family and the canoe and explore more of the surrounding lake.

on Lake Ann
3 days ago

hiking

Pretty challenging in areas especially near the end. We did it without much gear, and most the other hikers we saw out there had hiking poles and other gear. Definitely pack a lunch! Ended up taking us about 6 hours and about 10 miles according to my pedometer. Also very rocky in some areas which was hard to walk stable through so watch your step!

on Big Four Ice Caves Trail
3 days ago

hiking

Easy hike for all levels.

on Three Fingers
3 days ago

Wow-what a scramble!! We parked at the washed out road after a 15.5 mile drive off road through tight rocks and an unsteady, narrow bridge (did I mention that it is a one lane road the entire way?). It was about a 2 mile hike on the gravel/rocks to the trail. You end up climbing over at least 10+ downed trees as well as up/over/down rocks, roots, and landscape for at least 4 miles (our hiking poles came in very handy!). There is running water about a mile before goat flats. We set up camp at goat flats and then went for the summit. Took us roughly 4 hrs from camp to goat flats and a little under 3 hrs from goat flats to summit. Crossed two snow fields-glad we had our ice axes! Followed the karins up, Boulder hopping most of the way. BEAUTIFUL views the whole way up!!! The flowers were absolutely incredible!! Another running water source on way up. The ladders all of a sudden appear-three ladders at an angle with really tight squeezes between boulders. The ladders don't go all the way up-there is a rope at the top so you can pull yourself high enough to reach the fire lookout. INCREDIBLE views all the way around and awesome lookout with memorabilia dating back to the '30's!! We hiked down and on the way, saw the mesmerizing sunset-and a mountain goat!! Really glad we had headlamps!! 2 people that were there the same time as us saw back bears; we hung all of our food on ropes on a tree. Was really a butt-kicker with climbing up/down/over the entire way-but SOOOOO worth it!!! Only saw about 12 people total in 2 days. Total hiking/scrambling mileage 19 miles.
PS I would definitely suggest 2 days so that you can truly enjoy the trip!!

on Sauk Mountain Trail
4 days ago

hiking

Amazing views! I would not bring kids under 10 years old or Dogs on this hike. Very steep and narrow. If you haven't done this hike I highly recommended it. You can also camp at the top:) I think it has a better view then Mount Pilchuck hike

on Baker River Trail
5 days ago

walking

Great hike for kids

on Park Butte Lookout Trail
5 days ago

hiking

Great views, the trail was well maintained. Not too many bugs.

on Silver Lake Trail
7 days ago

hiking

Loved this hike, it is not easy! my fiance backpacked our 2 year old and that was pretty hard, but he was determined; he proposed once we made it to Silverlake

on Picture Lake Path
8 days ago

walking

A great easy walk around Picture Lake. Perfect for families or people who aren't up for a full hike in the Mt Baker Wilderness. It is also a nice little warm up if you want to take in the scenery before heading up off the beaten path.

This is a very nice late afternoon walk.

on Dock Butte Trail
11 days ago

Awesome views of Mt Baker

on Lake Ann
11 days ago

hiking

This challenging hike is loaded with gorgeous views at every turn. It is Mother Nature at her finest. From woodsy trails to rocky slide areas to green valleys, this trail has it all. It starts by going down to the valley and then up and over another ridge. A short distance after that, Lake Ann comes into view. It is a beautiful little lake nestled between 2 ridges. We ate our picnic lunch on the ridge overlooking the lake on one side and the glacial ice on the other. The ridge was covered in wildflowers. It was a little piece of Heaven on earth. The return hike was tiring as we traversed the many switchbacks to the trailhead. This is a must do hike for all hiking enthusiasts.

on Mt. Pugh Trail
11 days ago

hiking

The switchbacks to Stujack pass were steep and almost the trail was exposed after that. The ridge cross was fine,nothing scaring. But the scramble to the peak was quite long and you need to look for cains for the boot path, otherwise, the climb could be quite hard.

on Sauk Mountain Trail
11 days ago

hiking

Steep and narrow trail but the view at the summit is way worth the effort to hike up. Did not try to go down to sauk mt lake. I started at around 9 am and there were no flies. Once I got to the top, the flyers we're starting to wake up. Would recommend bug spray or some kind of repellent. The hike down was a bit more intense for me as I was constantly trying not to slip. I went on a Friday so hiker traffic was minimal.

on Big Four Ice Caves Trail
12 days ago

Easy, fun, lovely trail, quite packed which is not my thing at all but one you get up to the caves there is plenty of space to spread out. Went in later fall and got to walk pretty deep in to the caves without feeling nervous about any collapsing! All my pics from up there were perfect! I had both my dogs with me, lil and big and they very much enjoyed themselves as well! :)