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The Mt. Baker Wilderness is 117,900 acres, created as part of the Washington State Wilderness Act of 1984. Mt. Baker is an active glacier covered volcano in the Cascades standing at 10,778 feet, making it the fourth highest summit in Washington and the dominant attraction of this wilderness. Thirteen glaciers cover the mountain and shares the landscape with other popular climbing destinations: Twin Sister Range, Tomyhoi Peak, and Ruth Mountain. It is accessible by more than 50 miles of trail. The Mt. Baker Wilderness borders the North Cascades National Park on the east and the Canadian border on the north. Mt. Baker National Recreation Area encompasses the southern slope of Mt. Baker. The designated wilderness area is located on the western slopes of the Cascades and shares about 20 miles of border with the national park. Here, high-elevation lakes and tarns dot the region, surrounded by natural alpine meadows and rocky peaks rising to elevations of 6,000 to 8,000 feet. Mt. Baker towers thousands of feet above the rest. Forests of Douglas fir, true fir, cedar, western hemlock and mountain hemlock carpet lower elevations. More than 16 square miles of glaciers carve and reshape the land, with the resulting ridges of jagged stone dissected by a web of frigid rivers and streams that comprise the Nooksack and Skagit river systems, the area's two major drainages. This harsh landscape attracts extreme weather: Mt. Baker Ski Area recorded the world-record snowfall of 1,140'' during the 1998-99 winter. Precipitation on the top of Mt. Baker sometimes reaches 150 inches a year. Many of the drainage's open into heather-filled meadows showcasing summer alpine wildflowers, huckleberries and blueberries. You may find Devil's club, salmonberry, skunk cabbage and ferns lining the banks of creeks and rivers. Black bears, black-tailed deer and mountain goats in the rocky high country are the wildlife you may encounter. Mountain climbers visit Mt. Baker in spring and summer before fall opens numerous large crevasses. Hundreds of climbers may be seen on the mountain in a single day. The Heliotrope Ridge Trail #677 winds 2.7 miles to the Coleman Glacier, the most popular climbing route on the mountain. A well-developed and very busy trail system provides access to the lower country.

Fantastic view at the top! There was so much to see that it was difficult to resist the urge to keep exploring.

hiking
18 days ago

A difficult yet rewarding hike. The incline starts immediately after leaving the trailhead, and continues all the way to the divide. Once above the treeline, the views are panoramic and wonderful! I encountered snow about 2/3 up the climb in early July, but a little caution and it was fine – even with no poles. The hike's biggest downside is the road getting there; it's fairly long, and quite rough.

Went in mid-November, road up to the trailhead was mostly clear and dry until almost to the top, where icy snow patches rested in the shade. Parking lot is moderately sized, but early arrival is better or there will be little room for parking. Nice bathroom facility.
Trail to Blue Lake nice and easy, good one for kids and first timers. Lake is beautiful. Backtrack a ways to the first .5 mile point on the trail to take the split up to Dock Butte. The sign marking the trail was missing.
Dock Butte trail is a bit harder, not recommended for kids unless they are used to hiking terrain. My 12 yr old had a rough time of it, but made it. Quite steep, lots of rocks and roots. Snow surprised us, most of the trail thus far had been almost completely clear. Harder going in the snow but doable in hiking shoes. View was absolutely spectacular. We stopped just below the summit as it got a lot steeper and icy, we weren't prepped for those conditions so we took a break and headed back. Would love to go back in the spring or summer.

it is not a hike but a drive to the falls. beautiful but crowded.

Beautiful trail! Not too hard getting up as it only takes an hour to get to the ridge views. Made it up in hiking shoes only although it was snowy throughout and a bit icy. The views are worth every minute! Definitely doing this one again soon.

Amazing hike! As others have said, snow on the trail very early on and got to knee deep at the top of the pass. We went on a clear sunny day and lucked out with gorgeous views.

I wouldn’t go too much later in the season as I suspect the trail with be harder to follow with the snow cover-come prepared.

Also a word of warning, the snow was falling off the trees in the undergrowth-so much so that we had our rain gear on for the first hour. So just be wary and bring rain gear.

hiking
1 month ago

Rained off and on with snow on trail about 4,000 ft. About 8" or so deep the last hour of hiking. Wished I'd had my boots and not trail runners. Beautiful hike! Rain cleared out and the clouds moving in and out made more some dramatic scenery.

Late entry from Fall last year. It was amazing views of Baker, and Mount Shuksan. It was clear day that day. Amazing views at the summit. It was worth it every sweats and to be rewarded with such of beauty..
The signs were pretty visible from the main highway. 12 miles of dirt road to the trailhead. Very narrow dirt roads and uphills. Compact car is doable. 4000 ft to the trailhead. And it’s about 6000 ft or more to hike to the summit.

The views are amazing! So worth the trip, logged about 8 miles and got snowed out. A cold but fun night.

hiking
1 month ago

Drove up in a SUV, drove slower to avoid the potholes. Saw some cars in the parking lot, so doable. In a previous comment, someone mentioned it is more like a walk. It is not. Right off the bat, you start with a 2 mile climb to the first ridge., approximately 1 hour up. Definitely not a beginner’s hike. The views from the ridge are spectacular. You can continue for another 2.5 miles, climbing on and off to the top ridge ( another hour or less).
We had sunny skies, clouds coming in as we left. Would highly recommend this hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Superb hike with great view of Mt Baker.

1 month ago

I did this hike ( more of a climb) 2 weeks ago. I completely agree with Khairi. this is no joke. not an easy scramble at all, kinda surprised that no ropes are needed. If your careful, a good climber with no fear of heights, you'll be golden! spectacular views the whole way up. well worth the strenuous terrain at the end. just be careful and have fun out there. definitely suggest your crampons and ice axe for one little section due to blue ice being present.

Wonderful short hike amongst amazing scenery

1 month ago

Beautiful trail. A nice gradual incline for about an hour and then you have the most spectacular views the rest of the way. We drove up in a small car (successfully, despite the potholes). The hike wasn’t that difficult, we saw a lot of families with small children hiking.

hiking
1 month ago

Great experience today! Fantastic glacier view.

hiking
1 month ago

nice little hike. ropes all over the place to get down closer to the water. getting back up was trouble for some in our party.

So beautiful right now! I don’t think the fall colors are past their peak like another reviewer said; I think they’re in their prime. Absolutely breathtaking right now. Well worth it, and a favorite for sure.

hiking
1 month ago

I wasn't sure how I felt about this hike spot when my friend & I first got to it. There is about a 45 minute drive up to the trailhead littered with potholes, so be careful. When we got to the trailhead & began our ascent we didn't think we would make it. (We are kind of fresh in the hiking game.) Fortunately, we trekked through and pushed our way to the top & I am not exaggerating when I say it was one of the most beautiful views I'd ever seen in my 23 years of life. Worth every bit of effort we gave to make it to the top. I am definitely doing it again.

hiking
1 month ago

This was my favorite hike this year! It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday. We arrive at 7:45am and finished at 2:10 pm hiking 9.8 miles. Spectacular views!!! The hike is a little bit strenuous at times but it is more then worth it! I will definitely backpack this trail next year!

Go on sunny day. Beautiful Mountain View’s especially Mt Baker

hiking
1 month ago

This is one of the hardest hikes I’ve been on but it was definitely a cool view. Just prepare yourself for constant uphill hiking.

Amazing trail! After the 10 mile drive up the mountain ( with a lot of potholes- but we got through those with our minivan) you arrive at the parking lot which is pretty full when you arrive late ( like us). The climb up is not bad and I think more or less anyone can do it. Once up on the ridge you will have the most spectacular views ever! Make sure you follow the trail and don’t stop at the ridge. It will take you to even more spectacular views! It was one of the best hikes we did so far!!!!!

Drove down from Vancouver BC today to do this one and Chain Lakes. I consider neither one hikes, more like pretty nature walks. I did love the views of Baker but was glad I did a second “hike” to extend my day. Not busy at all as we went on a Friday. Road up was totally fine with me Jeep but I saw cars go up too, just avoid the potholes

hiking
1 month ago

We stopped at random and found this trail off the highway. We only hiked about 2 miles in and had to turn back due to time issues- but those 2 miles were filled with beautiful forest scenery.. something from a fairytale. Those 2 miles I would list as moderate hiking- note we didn’t hike the whole trail.

hiking
1 month ago

The best trail my husband and I have done north of Seattle! Only a few other trails top it in the Mt.Rainier NatPark! Definitely a must do! Very photogenic.
If you have asthma or a heart condition like me this trail is not moderate but very hard and takes a while to get up the terrain to the summit- but SO WORTH IT. Also I expect you to know your own risks and limitations while hiking regardless of conditions. We really enjoyed this hike and hope to do it again sometime.

Very pretty and worth the drive to get up there

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up the trail in the fog and rain, our only view was 1 foot in front of us. It was still a great hike.

What an amazing hike, fall colors are past the peak but they were beautiful nonetheless!! The last stretch of the hike was totally worth it, with the cascade mountain views on the east side!

Have to go hike

hiking
2 months ago

A great hike to experience in the cascades. The hike itself isn't bad at all; the road up is painful (lots of pot holes and long...).

We hiked on an overcast and drizzly day. The parking lot was pretty full but it didn't feel overly crowded on the trail. The trail itself is in good condition and not very strenuous. I would definitely call this a moderate hike from a difficulty and length perspective.

You get a good range of experiences on this hike with forest, fields, and ridge line views all in play. You can make this hike as long to short as you like since the trail looks like to continues out towards Mount Baker. (I need to get a green trails map to double check all of the options for next time.)

I would definitely recommend this hike...

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