Explore the most popular skiing 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 360 degree views at the top!
Great workout...with the 3000+ elevation gain in just 1.3 Miles...it was a challenge-worth the view! However, a bit tough on the knees coming down!
Worth the effort!!

hiking
17 days ago

Many people on top today. Everyone took the rope on the 2nd gully. Snow on trail . . Some down trees over trail . . But no medium to hard hazards. Snow should be off trail by 7/14/18.

hiking
26 days ago

It’s a training trail! Except for two hikers near the parking lot, had the entire trail to myself. A snow bridge recently collapsed about a mile from the summit. Didn’t see a way around it. Still a fab hike in dense clouds.

boring hike but great summit scramble over exposed granite steeps.... also a great trail to run down, virtually no rocks or roots.

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful hike. All shaded but very steep slope. Once on the top, you forget the hard work and start enjoying the view.

hiking
1 month ago

Very thick snow on the trail, especially close to the summit. It was very slippery and hard to climb for the last few hundred yards because of all the snow covered slopes. The view was spectacular.

Fun scramble after the snow melts. But doing this "hike" in winter perforates some substantial avalanche slopes right in the middle, and violates Washington ski area (where it's located) law, putting you at high risk for a $1,000 fine...if you live. But go crazy!

hiking
1 month ago

Still a LOT of snow on the trail. 2-4 feet deep in most places. Impossible to see the trail majority of the time. Got off track many times and had to refer back to map and GPS. Round trip took 3.5 hrs and 4 miles because of the snow! Nobody else on the trail and the summit is always breathtaking.

Great trail, still lots of snow after 3500 ft, few gullies crossing, long and steep traverse at the end, awesome scrambling to the top. Bring ice axe and spikes, at least now

Hardest but most rewarding and beautiful hike I've ever done

snowshoeing
7 months ago

Drove as far as we could on my truck. Almost got stuck but it was a long hike to the trailhead on the right of the road. You can’t see the trailhead sign from the road but once you walk up the trail a little it will say Mt. Catherine. Trail was hard to follow but made it to the top to a great view. It ended up taking about three hours up to the top. And an hour down.

snowshoeing
8 months ago

Fresh snow for an excellent first snowshoe of the season! Short distance (made longer by having to park 1.5 miles from trailhead) but a healthy angle made for a glute-slayer in snowshoes. The fire road there is riddled with pot holes and snow so my Outback didn’t make it to the trailhead — snow tires or chains recommended. Caught a quick glimpse of a spectacular view and blue skies at the top though!

hiking
8 months ago

No snow. Great hike and end view. It’s pretty steep so if you’re unconditioned it might take you a while to get to the scramble.

very good hike. according to my tracker it is 10.1 mile rt. lots of snow at the top. last 2 miles was covered in snow. so used micros pikes to hike that part.

Nice trail plenty of snow today and fantastic view ...

Best hike ever!! It was so perfect and the way the clouds shifted we were able to stay up there for hours because the scene would be always changing. The hike was pretty easy just when I went there was a lot of slush and snow and so it was slippery and wet.

hiking
9 months ago

This hike is just before the Silver Peak trailhead. Nice short hike, good views at the top, light traffic

I did this hike on a foggy, drippy day. After getting very lost driving to the trailhead, the trail was pretty easy, but I couldn't see any views at the top. Definitely go on a clear day. It isn't worth the drive if you can't see the top - even though it was a pleasant hike. ...I'll do it again someday since the climb was nice.

hiking
10 months ago

9/7/2017 (Thursday) -- A sunny, mild day, but densely smoky, 68-72F, no view, no traffic. Very difficult and dangerous drive to/from the TH. The trail is in good condition, not rocky, not rooty, not muddy, gently grade, short distance. Only several steep steps up to the top.

on McClellan Butte Trail

hiking
10 months ago

Arrived at the trailhead around 7:40 AM with about three other vehicles in the lot. First couple of miles were good, crossed a couple roads that I saw cars at on the way down, so it's possible to park closer and cut off mileage. A few logs crossing the trail, but otherwise it was in very good condition. The smoke was heavy and ash was raining down so views on the way up, as well as on top, weren't great.
The scramble definitely looks more intimidating than it actually is. Take it slowly, fortunately there are many footholds and a lot of rock to grip. Once at the top, we had the view to ourselves for about 20 minutes, and after that we headed down. Saw about 10 more people on the way back. Awesome trail, will be back when it's cleared up.

hiking
10 months ago

Definitely a challenging hike! Did it yesterday and sadly because of the fires all the views were blocked by smoke. I didn't chance the scramble however it seems doable. Would recommend poles especially for the way down since it's so steep. It took us about 3 hours to get up with a few breaks along the way.

10 months ago

Quite steep. Higher difficulty than Si for sure. Went up the Butte!

hiking
10 months ago

Saturday 9-2-2017: My wife and I hiked to Mt. Catherine. There were about 10 cars at the trailhead when we arrived at around 10:30 am. We parked right next to the trailhead. It took us an hour to get to the summit. The temperature was around 80 degrees F. We were glad that the trail was mostly shaded. It was fun to use the cable on the last short steep climb to the summit. There were six other people on the summit. Mount Rainier was visible. Good reward for a short hike. It took us 50 minutes to get back to our car. It was 85 F when we returned to our car.

I put this hike off for many years because the final rock climb to the summit sounded intimidating, but it was quite easy. The rock is very jagged with many hand and foot holds. It's flat on the top with room for several people to take a break. I was alone on the summit for about 40 minutes before heading back down. It was a cloudless day but very hazy. It took me three hours to hike from the trailhead to the summit and two hours down. I went slow on the rock section, but made up time by jogging the last few miles to the parking lot.

Beautiful wooded trail. Well maintained except for the fallen trees near the top, but they're easy enough to get around. It took me around 2 hours to get to the top, but I was pushing my pace hard.

There was no pay station at the trailhead that I could see, so make sure you bring a northwest pass.

The view was very cool, but I'm disappointed I didn't make it up the scramble for the unobstructed views. Although there were plenty of handholds, there was no room for mistakes. I'd heard that the scramble was exposed ... but seriously, if you start falling you're not gonna stop. Rolling down a rocky cliff is not how I want to die!

hiking
10 months ago

Great views even without doing the scramble!

hiking
10 months ago

Great views even without doing the scramble!

hiking
11 months ago

This is such a great hike, or scramble in my case. I did this solo yesterday and started at about noon. I was on all fours the majority of the time going up, but it was super fun. I looked up at one point and saw what I thought was the summit, but then I saw the actual summit when I got up there, and it felt so far away. I actually almost turned around, but I'm glad I didn't. It was much closer than it seemed. The views at the top were just amazing, despite all the smoke. I think it took me about 3 hours to get to the summit. I kept having to take multiple little breaks because I was having a hard time breathing. I even saw a guy wearing a respirator. I had the summit all to myself, and I'm pretty sure these are the best views I've seen in the pass. I used my hiking poles on my descent, which helped a lot. Coming down wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I just took it easy and was very careful. I think I was a mile or less away from the trailhead when I actually heard a bear huffing and puffing! I saw it moving behind the trees, maybe 30-40 feet away. I just made a lot of noise on the rest of the way down, and probably made it back in record time, haha. This is one of my new favorite hikes, and I'll definitely be coming back! (Bring plenty of sunscreen, a hat, and bug spray)

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike. I did it solo on 29 July. I debated about bringing poles or not. There were some steep parts on the trail up that I wouldn't mind having them. On the way down, I was quite wishing I brought them. I was able to do some trail running on the path down that saved my knees but they were aching.

Do the scrabble - if dry weather and your teetering on if you will or not. It's worth it. It is a clear path up (look for the worn parts) and nice deep hand holds. If you are sure of your grip, you can do it. Just take your time and the top is lovely solid area - with plenty of the bugs. The way down was more tricky (as it generally is). I had over tightened my shoe for the scramble up and got a foot cramp on top so I decided to scoot down on my bum. It worked quite well.

On the trail, I passed another solo woman - we were both playing podcasts on our phone loudly as a bear deterrent. Can't claim causation but did not see any bears.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike but wow that was a challenge. I am neither in the great nor bad shape I would say average. It took me two hours and 20 minutes to summit with a lot of effort. Trekking poles are a must in my opinion. They were Lifesavers and help take some of the stress off your legs. If you have any kind of knee issues or back I would not recommend this hike at all. On your way up expect your calves and quads to suffer and on your way down your knees will be in pain. A lot of loose dirt and rocks on the trail so be careful. Definitely worth the trip up though the view is stunning. Bring lots of water you will need it if you tend to drink a lot. My camelback was enough for the rt. Probably top 10 360 view hikes in the pnw.

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