Best trails in Mount Baker Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in Mount Baker Wilderness, Washington? AllTrails has 28 great hiking trails, views trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 14 hard trails in Mount Baker Wilderness ranging from 6 to 23.7 km and from 559 to 3,281 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
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.
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#1 - Skyline Divide Trail
Mount Baker Wilderness
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Length: 12.4 km • Est. 4 h 43 m
Skyline Divide Trail is a 12.4 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Deming, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily usShow more
#2 - Yellow Aster Butte Trail
Mount Baker Wilderness
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Length: 10.9 km • Est. 4 h 27 m
Yellow Aster Butte Trail is a 10.9 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Deming, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hikinShow more
#3 - Heather Meadows and Artists Point Trail
Mount Baker Wilderness
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Length: 4.7 km • Est. 1 h 45 m
Heather Meadows and Artists Point Trail is a 4.7 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Deming, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of Show more
#4 - Racehorse Falls Trail
Mount Baker Wilderness
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Length: 1.0 km • Est. 17 m
Racehorse Falls Trail is a 1.0 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Deming, Washington that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used fShow more
#5 - Excelsior Pass Trail
Mount Baker Wilderness
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Length: 13.5 km • Est. 5 h 47 m
As of May 28, 2020, users have reported that the restroom at the trailhead is currently closed due to COVID, so please plan accordingly.Show more
#6 - Huntoon Point Via Artist Point Trail
Mount Baker Wilderness
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Length: 1.8 km • Est. 33 m
Huntoon Point Via Artist Point Trail is a 1.8 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Maple Falls, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. TheShow more
#7 - Hannegan Peak Trail
Mount Baker Wilderness
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Length: 15.4 km • Est. 5 h 57 m
Hannegan Peak Trail is a 15.4 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Maple Falls, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a nuShow more
#8 - Blue Lake and Dock Butte Trail
Mount Baker Wilderness
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Length: 7.7 km • Est. 2 h 46 m
Great Trail for a short day hike with excellent scenery...in late summer the huckleberries are thick. This is a trail that has off shoots from the common shared Blue Lake Trail. The trail head parkShow more
#9 - Mount Baker Standard Summit Route
Mount Baker Wilderness
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Length: 19.0 km • Est. 9 h 40 m
This is a beautiful climb up one of the most glaciated peaks in the lower 48. In the summer you will see beautiful wildflowers. You will camp high up on the Coleman Glacier and make a summit bid earlyShow more
#10 - Nooksack Falls Trail
Mount Baker Wilderness
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Length: 0.2 km • Est. 2 m
Nooksack Falls Trail is a 0.2 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Deming, Washington that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used foShow more
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