Scott Paul Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Concrete, WA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from July until October.
From Burlington (exit 230 on I-5), head east on the North Cascades Highway (State Route 20) for 23 miles, turning left (north) onto Baker Lake Road (between mileposts 82 and 83). Continue 12 miles and turn left on Forest Road 12 (the turnoff is 0.2 mile after you enter the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest). Drive 3.5 miles, turn right onto FR 13 (signed "Mt Baker National Recreation Area"), and follow it for 5.2 miles to its terminus at the large trailhead parking area (elev. 3300 ft). Primitive camping and privy available.
Great hike, but you have 6 to 10 inches of snow in the higher elevation.
Hiked. Beautiful view of my baker. Hm
Wow. This hike is majestic! In books, for its scenic views, it is rated a four star out of five. I give it a five. I am so grateful to have done this hike. It is not suitable for children or dogs. You will have to cross a couple of rapid streams and a dangerous mountain spur path. In addition, I highly recommend bug spray, sunscreen, and a least a 3.0 liter water pack -you'll need them. Lastly, if you have time, you're able to add an additional four miles to your hike by making a detour to the Mt. Baker Trail's tower. The view is majestic. Oh, don't forget food; you'll be burning so much calories. Enjoy!
We hiked the Scott Paul Trail yesterday with great weather. We headed up the Park Butte Lookout trail to the second SPT junction, doing the loop clockwise. We got started at 9:30 and were going to head for the lookout first, but passed because we didn't know if we'd have time for both. Turns out we would have been fine. Seeing Baker so close, and being down in the moraines make you feel so small and insignificant. The moraines were awesome to be in, and the meadows were great. Wildflowers were still full of color. There were ripe blueberries for about 3/4 of the entire loop. We will definitely go back at some point to hit Railroad Grade, the lookout, and the SCT again.
One of my favorite hikes in the Cascades. This trail covers about every kind of terrain you can find in the North Cascades. Old growth, alpine, rocks heather... it's all there. The most interesting point of this trail to me is that it skirts Mt Baker, a still active volcano. There are many examples of volcanic action mostly lahars. Lahars for those who don't know is when a snowy volcano heats up and turns the snow to water. That makes mud and gravity sends it all rushing down the hill into the rivers. The Scott Paul enters a lahar field after it comes out of the old growth forest. A huge area that was scoured by hot mud about two hundred years ago. (there is some debate as to when exactly Mt Baker last melted its cap) The heather fields and rock skrees are the remnants of what was once pristine forest. Even though it is an easy hike do be careful, a dozen ways to get hurt and a long drive to the nearest help.
The Scott Paul Trail is 7.5 miles
Of beauty and awe. Recommend you take the first trail to the right vice heading up the Park Butte. The trail starts though the Forrest fo 2.5 miles to the first views of
Sherman peak. Then the trail changes direction NW and continues to climb. An easy hike all the way around. As you reach the views of railroad grade and park butte, the trail becomes rocky with lots of trip hazards. The decent to the Park Butte Trail is rough with a few water crossings. The suspension bridge is out. Great trail for the adventuresome. BB