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

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
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 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
4 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!

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

hiking
6 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
7 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
7 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.

Awesome panoramic view of the Cascade.

Great quick stop to view a beautiful waterfalls.

hiking
9 months ago

One of the best hikes I've been on. Amazing views once you reach the ridge. There are several knolls to your right, if you keep pushing through them you come right up to the foothills of baker.

Up, up, up. The hike lives up to its name - Excelsior "ever upward". But so worth it at the top. 360 degree views including Mt. Baker.

backpacking
9 months ago

Super fun hike but once you get above the tree line there's very little shade and no streams, at least I couldn't find any, so make sure your pups have lots of water! Saw a bear too which was pretty cool!

hiking
9 months ago

This was an awesome hike! We left Everett a little after 6 am on and were on the trail about 8:45. This is a hike that you want to get to early in my opinion. The only ones we saw heading down were the ones that spent the night. When it was our turn to head down there were tons of people. This a great place to explore with all the little knolls and such. We made it to the sixth one at about 11:15 ish and were back at the vehicle by 1:30ish. There were bugs but none of them were biting and I didnt even use bug spray.

Sadly there are so may bad drivers on the road. The downhill vehicle as the right of way where as its the uphill hiker that has the right away with another hiker.

hiking
10 months ago

Eclipse day, we hiked through all the knolls. Left trailhead at 5:30 am and saw no one till nearly 8. They were sleeping in tents off the first fork. Ate lunch on the last knoll and then saw a few folks heading up as we went down. Took the dog, it is beautiful up there! No flies until around 10 am and way too many flies on the hike down! Yikes.
10.4 miles

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

hiking
10 months ago

This is our 4th hike up Excelsior Pass in the past eight weeks ... moving higher as snow disappeared. Yesterday we made it to the Peak. Beautiful and few bugs.

10 months ago

Beautiful falls, no trail! When you pull off the road and drive down the gravel road you end at a parking lot. The falls are basically right there. I'd say this is a must see but it's not a hike, make it a pit stop on the way to another hike.

hiking
10 months ago

I came out to Washington from Vermont to do some hiking in the Northern Cascades. I went to Skyline Divide and only hiked about 1.5 miles before having to turn around due to the flies. It was not enjoyable because in order to not have at least 30 bugs swarming, we had to RUN! I would love to come back and try this hike again, but definitely not in these conditions. Not to mention- the smoke also made visibility very poor.

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing trail and great views, except for right now the forest fire smoke is very thick and the horse flys are out en mass.

I have hiked this many times and highly recommend the hike. It's best on a clear day.

The road has been recently been redone and could be suitable for cars, some potholes but passable.

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