Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Amazing hike! Beautiful views of Rainier on a clear day. Plenty of spots to camp along the way up and at the top. The bumpy road to the trailhead is definitely worth it.

hiking
2 days ago

I love this trail! Scenic (lots of trees ☺️) and easy for hiking or cycling in any season. If you start in Cle Elum, you can have a snack or lunch when you arrive in Roslyn. In winter, the snow can be deep, so cross country skis or snowshoes are best. Note: snowmobiles do use this trail.

Pretty scenery and secluded. My dog was lost on it for a day!

hiking
7 days ago

Don't believe the reviews, the short forest service road to the trailhead isn't THAT bad. I wouldn't do it in a civic, but if you drive an appropriate vehicle it's definitely not an hour drive. Side note - if you do decide to take it slow, be polite and let other vehicles pass when it's safe to do so

All that being said, what an amazing hike. The snow is just now melting off the Meadows, so in a week or two the wildflowers should be in full bloom.

It was a little busy but not so bad that you didn't get the views to yourself

Some people are hiking with dogs off leash, and while I didn't have a bad experience, it was clear how it could happen. My dogs were on leash and very well behaved, and I'm of the opinion that if your dog isn't, it shouldn't be on the trail. Fortunately all the off leash dogs were well behaved as well. There are two very good reasons to leash your dogs while on the trail 1) you can never trust other people's dogs 2) off leash dogs create unplanned moments in the wilderness that you can't always control. Do yourself and everyone a favor, and unless you're a professional handler, Keep them on leash until you get to the lake and take a break

hiking
7 days ago

Amazing trail, my best so far in the PNW. Be careful of sketchy snow bridges. Bring a GPS with you or near the top you will follow false bootpack and miss the trail. This resulted in required Class IV maneuvers to get to the top.
Incredible waterfalls!

hiking
8 days ago

I haven’t been here in 30 years and it still amazes me. I took my son and my grandson to share this beautiful place. Be prepared for one of the crappyest roads to get to the trailhead. Ruts, potholes and rude drivers OH MY!! But the trail is clean and the lake is spectacular.

hiking
9 days ago

Easy hike, beginning of trail is very rocky and a couple of large trees have fallen across trail. Once you cross the first creek bridge it’s an easy hike.

Long traverses
Amazing views from many parts of trail
Very smooth well maintained

backpacking
14 days ago

One of my favorite backpacking destinations in the Northwest. We went up mid August 2017. The 17 or so switchbacks about 1/2-2/3 of the way up were quite grueling. Especially after accidentally hiking Barlow pass before Gothic basin, due to trailhead confusion. We woke up to incoming rain and high winds after a sunny previous day — be prepared for quick weather changes. The sight at and around Gothic basin was absolutely stunning. There is a certain dark beauty about the whole place, especially as the clouds roll in quickly. Highly, highly recommend this spot in late summer!

hiking
15 days ago

Always one of my favorite hikes. Today we took the split to Bearhead Trail. Just as nice of hike, but missing the lake.

Light snow patches and heavy sprinkle.

Hiked 6/25. As noted previously the road is in terrible condition, many many potholes and very bumpy required us to drive very slowly; expect that once the road turns to gravel it will take you about an hour to the trailhead. Drove the road in a Subaru crosstrek. Trail itself was in good shape and only reached snow right around the lake. It was raining so we were unable to get very good views but the lake itself is very nice. Overall only think this hike would be worth it on a clear day so the views could balance out the awful drive

Be aware that the sign that directs you to Spiral is missing. You'll need to keep a close eye for the Y that sends you left up to Spiral.
Also a section of the trail to Shellrock lake is under water so you'll need to find away around or be willing to get your feet soaked.

hiking
21 days ago

Was trying to get to noble knob, but ended up here due a closed road. Wasn't sure how long the hike was and it was a hot day, so only made it about half way. A lot of long switchbacks up a steady incline. Most of the hike is through a fire torched forest. Kind of cool to see, but a lot of downed trees to cross and loose footing. Not many views, but I'm sure if I would've kept going to the top there may have been some.

The hike description and length is very wrong.

This trail is about 6 miles to the actual Little Ranger Peak and 6 miles back. The trail on this page's hike only goes half way up. See the map that shows the actual peak.
Lots of trees across the trail.

Loved it! Went on a hot Sunday and got roasted, but it was very quiet and peaceful. The contrast between the burnt forest and new life is wonderful, and the summit is well worth the trek

hiking
27 days ago

This was a great hike. The only downside was the road to the hike. It was really rocky and if we didn't have a SUV we probably would have scratched the underside. The lake is still frozen with slushy snow that last little bit. My 6 y.o. daughter had a lot of fun but was tired. We would definitely do it again.

on Suntop Trail

hiking
29 days ago

Long hike and a great workout. However you don’t really see much as you are hiking through the woods the whole time. Next time I would just drive up for the view and do a different hike.

Nice hike, the wild flowers are in bloom and they are beautiful. And the views are stunning.

Gorgeous trail, not very busy, beautiful views at the top with wild flowers throughout.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked the Summit Lake trail today: 5/13. I was the only one on the trail. Below Summit Lake, there is still some snow covering the trail but it is easy to follow the trail up to the lake. Hiking boots are sufficient. Summit Lake is iced over and the last 0.5 mike of the trail is completely covered in snow. After post-holing about a dozen times, I turned back about 800 yards from the top. If you are going beyond the Southeast side of Summit Lake, I recommend taking snow shoes. It was also snowing/sleeting pretty heavy above Summit Lake which didn’t help with following the trail. As for the road, it does suck but the first 100 yards is the worst by far. A stock Grand Cherokee had no problem at all with clearance. If you don’t bottom out right after the bridge; you’ll be fine. The road actually improves as you ascending.

hiking
1 month ago

Only a little bit of snow on the trail, lots of fallen/burned trees to cross.
Getting to the peak is a little tricky on the snow and mud. Use a pole.
Snow storm near the top. Enjoyed it.

1 month ago

You can drive up towards the peak and have a shorter hike or start at the bottom. The trailhead from the bottom is near some camp sights across from the air strip, off the gravel road.

Its marked 8.3 miles at the trailhead to the top, so around 16.5 total. Lots of elevation gain on a very well kept trail. Only saw a couple of mountain bikers on the way down. Partly cloudy day but good visibility at the top. Will do again someday.

hiking
1 month ago

The road is snow free to the parking lot. The trail is partially snow covered starting at the first lake, but is passible using just hiking boots. Summit lake is still frozen. The road is rough as many have described, recommend a high clearance vehicle.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike! Ended up at 9.2 miles round trip. You can definitely see life teeming through the burned wreckage! Great views at the top make it so amazing! Partly cloudy for us and did get socked in at the top at the end of our lunch and it dropped in temperature sooooo fast! We were prepared with layers but wow, it got so cold! Our hands were ice! We quickly headed down and it warmed up quickly in lower elevation. I’d love to see it on a full sun day! No water on the trail. Passed three hikers total. Nothing experty or necessarily difficult. Brought spikes and poles and used them for one really good snow patch at the top that was super steep. Other than that, snow isn’t a big deal but not sure if you could make it without the spikes - it would definitely make it challenging and slippery! We relied heavily on our GPS on this app, as the trail can be hard to follow. Got chatting at one point and went out of the way and off the trail so watch the GPS!

hiking
1 month ago

Overall, it's a great hike. I've done it numerous times as a first backpacking lake to get the year started off right. Unfortunately, I misjudged the weather and couldn't make it to the lake via the regular trail simply because I couldn't find it through all the snow about a .5 mile from the lake. The road getting here was horrible (as usual) so just take your time. Huge potholes and ruts nearly the entire way to the 'T' for Coplay and Summit Lake so vehicles with higher clearance only. I'll try this again at the end of June to see if the snow has melted out.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely worth the grind to get up. Can not recommend crampons and an axe enough if you want to get to the peak. Be careful of snow bridges and slushy snow. Alpine experience is a plus. Once past the main waterfall, the trail is heavily snow covered and expect to make your own trail if necessary. We made our own trail to the peak and loved every minute of it. Foggy lake is still completely frozen over, but the view is spectacular. Absolutely worth every minute it takes to get there. Enjoy your hike! Trail is open.

Originally we planned to hike Humpback Mountain but we missed the trailhead and ended up making our way to the Hansen Ridge Trail (Little Saint Helen). The trailhead is easy to find. Follow NF5510 to a dead end parking area with a gate. From the gate, follow the straight path on the gravel road for about a mile or less to the fork in the road: if you go straight, it's towards the Watershed; to the right is towards Hansen Ridge Trailhead. The Hansen trailhead is easy to spot, it's on the right side of the road right before a big gate. The entire walk was a nice easy stroll. There was snow on the ground but easy to walk on. The views were gorgeous and there were plenty of areas to stop, sit, and enjoy. There were a few other people on the trail with dogs. We didn't walk the entire route due to time restraints but a few people told us it's 8 miles RT back to the parking area. We had no problems with bugs. Also, there is no restroom at this hike.

on Coal Mines Trail

walking
1 month ago

Nice walking tail, 2nd time on is trail, a lot of horses (some ride must have been going on) this time. But plenty of room to share

5/27/18--Upper parts are fire damaged with potential for trees falling during wind. Warnings posted at trailheads. Burnt fallen trees are difficult to climb around if you're not fairly nimble.

1 month ago

Nice trail. Due to snow drifts and the fire it can be easy to lose the trail at times especially towards the top. The view is definitely worth the effort.

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