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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.

Road up to trailhead is in good condition. Potholes as expected but plenty of room to maneuver around. Busy parking lot, make sure to get up there early! Trail is in great condition. Tennis shoes will get you to the top no problem now. A couple of very small snow patches to cross but nothing to be overly cautious about.

Just got back from an overnighter at Yellow Aster. Absolutely amazing night for it. Still quite some snow, but it is quickly melting. Just wear your sturdy boots and you'll be fine. Glad we were going down on the Saturday because a lot of people were going up :). Seriously one of the best hikes ever!

beautiful hike on 4th of July! snow up to the meadow is very compact. follow the pink ribbon to stay on the trail. we continued past the meadow and up the peak for lunch which was beautiful. bring poles or prepare to "ski" down or, as I did, sled on my bum! it feels a bit exposed at some snowy areas with drop offs on the side, but totally doable and super fun.

Gorgeous views, but very steep at times. Only recommended for the sure-footed.

hiking
11 days ago

Absolutely beautiful. It’s pretty steep on the way up but it is totally worth it. Definitely would like to go again.

One of the most beautiful hikes.
The Forest Service road is heavily potholed, but readily passable in a car if driven prudently. Departed the trailhead at 8:55 under sunny skies, with only two other vehicles present. The first ~ 1 mile of trail is clear, but then the snowfields take over. Trekking poles were most helpful. About a 1/2 mile past the turnoff for the Tomyhoi Lake Trail, we put on microspikes as the snowfields steepened. At 3.1 miles, the trail crosses a high bench where the results of a fall appeared serious, so we opted to turn around. On the way back down, we turned to see the route that we had taken, and a marmot crossed our descent path. Bugs weren't too bad, but the sun off the snow fields was brutal.

Very snow covered still in early July. Making it extremely difficult to follow the trail but some magnificent views of you stick with it.

hiking
15 days ago

The road up was long with lots of potholes, but not too bad with the right vehicle. The hike itself was good even though there was a lot of snow. made it more fun anyway. we had to turn around about 2 miles in due to lack of a clear trail. manageable without snowshoes even if it’s a little slippery. Will definitely have to go back later in the season!

Parked 2 miles from the trail head due to snow covering the road in some portions. The hike up the road wasn't too bad because of the views you get of Baker Lake. Blue lake was frozen over 90 percent of the way. There was a beautiful waterfall flowing very heavy down the mountain into the lake that made the hike well worth it to trudge through the snow. Overall a good hike if you're adventurous.

walking
21 days ago

Beautiful hike! Still some snow patches but very manageable without snowshoes. We lucked out with the warm and sunny weather, saw amazing views of Mt Baker

Not bad, but super steep. Not recommend for small kids or elderly.

This is an absolutely beautiful, short, family friendly hike. The trail is unmarked and fairly small at the opening, but it is quite clear and was easy to find the correct path to the waterfall. The area is also use for lots of mountain biking so there are multiple other trail options though from the sound of rushing water it was clear which direction we needed to go. As you reach the top of the Falls area there's a trail that leads down below that would be rated as moderate. It is fairly steep with sliding sand, but completely manageable. The Falls were absolutely gorgeous and very much worth the short hike in!! At the bottom of the large falls there is quite a large pool and it turns into a smaller flow below that is easily cross to the other side. lots of places to cool down if the spray from the waterfall isn't enough!

Directions: Highways 542 and 9 in Deming. Proceed another 2.3 miles east on Highway 542 to Mosquito Lake Road and turn right. In just under a mile, after crossing the Nooksack River, turn left on North Fork Road. Drive this route for 4 1/4 miles to the bridge over Racehorse Creek. Continue another half mile to the top of the hill and park where the road bends to the left. Find the unmarked but obvious trail here. (directions from waterfallsnorthwest.com)

Very snow heavy about 2.5 miles in - amazing view at the top though. Incline the whole way up. and lost the trail - needed to follow tracks and map. Slid down on my butt for the first two miles back down. Was a fun hike but difficult with the snow

Had been there on memorial day weekend. Though it was crowded at parking lot but was much clearer during the hike as not many people were trying to go up. It was not easy as snow was thin due to sun but it’s totally worth it. One of the best viewpoint in Pacific Northwest for sure

May 27, 2018. Spectacular 360 view of Washington and Canada. It’s a challenging climb, but worth every bit of the effort required to get to the summit. We were lucky to arrive on the first day vehicles could reach the trailhead which was a plus. Mountaineering gear for glacier safety is highly recommended. While it’s possible to summit in 1 day, I would highly recommend making it an enjoyable 2 day excursion. For those planning 2 days, there are two excellent options for setting up base camp.

Hiked on May 12th snow was pretty sloppy as we had a lot of hot weather. Over all hike was a blast with beautiful views. I made a video along the way check it out for more in depth information about the hike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDJzVpyON7c

Be safe out there, NW Adventures

hiking
2 months ago

Was not really a hike. The falls are right off the gravel road. A very beautiful place to stop and stretch your legs before heading to the top of Baker.

nature trips
2 months ago

Short waterfall hike. Easy and pretty scenery. Summertime preference.

hiking
2 months ago

I've hiked this trail many times and love it, but there's no waterfall as the description suggests. Great camping options at the top and connections to other trails. Check to make sure the footbridge at the beginning of the hike is functional. As of Dec. 2017 it had been severely damaged by flooding.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is short but the falls are worth the lack of distance. There is a fair amount to explore around the falls as well.

Beautiful little trail for snowshoeing! Had a blast for sure.

backpacking
5 months ago

This hike is so incredible! I've hiked it twice now and I'm always in awe! It's fairly difficult due to the steepness and the distance. But once you get to the top, it's all worth it. You forget all the pain and mosquito bites your endured on the way up. That view is so worth it!

backpacking
5 months ago

Gorgeous spot to camp. Bring warm clothes.

very cool trail. I went in January and the water seemed quite high, it was beautiful.

hiking
7 months ago

Well intended hike, rain and fog closed us in, great exercise with out a view, will return at a later date

We got about halfway up before getting into the snow. By about mile 4 the snow was up to our hips and we were all tuckered out. We would have gone farther if we'd had our snowshoes.

Three starts for seasonal weather, great trail, tons of snow. Had to park 2.5 miles from trial head. Trail completely covered in up to 2 feet of snow. Not an easy hike in November. Great challenge and a ton of fun. Will hike again this summer. Pro tip: bring chains, snowshoes, and a GPS.

I did this hike on November 3,2017. The main road on baker is clean and easy to drive however, once you get off the main road and take the trail road it is not clear and there is a lot of snow. Must be confident driving backcountry in snow. I took my Subaru Outback and was okay taking it slow, 1 more foot of snow an I probably wouldn't make it to the trail head. Be prepared to snow shoe. I recommend snowshoes or it's going to be a grueling hike. Beautiful scenery! Must do in the summer as well.

hiking
8 months ago

Astoundingly gorgeous. There was a little snow on the ground starting off in the morning, and by the time I got back in the afternoon the forest had changed completely. I went into a fall hike and came out of a winter hike. You’ll definitely want to bring trekking poles as there’s a small area that’s a fall hazard and you need to tread carefully. Visibility was maybe 600yards or so, and gave a creepy/beautiful winter vibe. The reds and greens of the forest mixed with the white snow are gorgeous.

As far as I could tell, I was the only person out there today (Only car in lot, the only other tracks I saw were rabbits).

Snow is about a foot on the actual ridge. I wouldn’t do this hike without waterproof hiking boots now. In a couple weeks, I imagine you’d want traction devices and gaiters too.

On my way back, there were multiple large downed branches I had to break through or driver over. Sagging plants from the snow brushed against my car where they weren’t before. If you have a 2wd drive car with a paint job you care about I’d wait till the snow clears in the spring.

hiking
8 months ago

Windy and cool, not cold, at the top on 10.29.17. Light snow on the ground, no spikes necessary yet. Phenomenal views of Baker, Shucksan, Table Mtn, Koma Kulshan, and more.

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