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 3.7 to 14.7 miles and from 1,833 to 10,764 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

Did a little snowshoeing on this trail today. It was moderately traveled today. Caution do not park on the main road, I saw WSP writing tickets to cars parked on the main road to the ski areas and not on the little piece of the cleared “parking” area. We did maybe half the total length. It was snowing pretty good so the views were limited to a few hundred yards.

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blowdown
icy
snow
17 days ago

Great trail was only able to get to the 3.7 mile mark snow is deep. Always a great climb! I suggest snow shoes as of now with snow fall or you will not make it to the saddle.

hiking
over grown
scramble
23 days ago

I haven’t done this whole thing, but as a heads up to others, the beginning fades into the forest very quickly. Probably not suited for anyone uncomfortable with bushwhacking and reading a map.

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

Attempted to find Mazama Falls aka Wells Creek Falls. But I think the distance measurements are wrong on the Map. We never found them. I think we will go further up the Mountain next time and try our luck again. #LIVELAUGHLOVE #HEALTHY #WATERFALLS

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful Trail! Very well maintained and a beautiful walk through the forest with an incredible view of Mt. Baker and you can see Canada at the top. I did this hike on November 6th and the trail all the way up completely clear of snow but there was snow at the pass. Gaiters at the pass might be a good idea but not necessary. It took me two hours to get to the pass with a couple breaks in between. Once you get to the tree blocking the trail you are close hah. Once again beautiful hike, will return in the spring and summer to camp out for a day or two.

hiking
2 months ago

Went up yesterday, November 8. Perfect day, sunny warm, no wind, only three other people. Snow on upper 3rd of trail, snow on top. Road to trailhead clear and no problem for any vehicle, just slow around some potholes. Saw grouse, used our bot chains coming back down the top third of trail on the icy area then removed them. Perfect place, perfect day. We’ve camped up there before and I love this spot!

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
2 months ago

Beautiful day - clear skies and views for days! Microspikes were helpful for the last few miles past the campsite to the peak, as there was snow and ice. The road was in fantastic condition, which was a welcome change from when we did this hike a few years ago!

hiking
2 months ago

11.6 miles. Great views. Cramp ons may be useful at the top

hiking
icy
muddy
off trail
snow
2 months ago

Nice gentle hike. We went up Table Mountain, and it was worth the extra mileage for the view.

hiking
2 months ago

Okay, Amazing Hike! FIRST NOTE of concern. The last 45-60 min of the drive to the trailhead is a crater laden road. I drive a SUBARU Legacy and was able to achieve. With a swift yet Surgical Crawl through some of the treachery, it was a piece of cake. SECOND NOTE: the first mile and half or so of the trail is a shaded, steep climb, bring your good hoof! Once out of the bush, it opens to a view that no photo will do justice. Leading me to the THIRD NOTE: Crampons Required!!! Or some type of traction enhancing gizmo, it’s steep and slick in the early hours. Lastly, the “3.5 Mile” distance is more of a guideline....This trail goes on....and on...and on. Have fun! Hopefully this helped someone.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Not a hike, but nice falls!

hiking
rocky
snow
2 months ago

Did this on October 3, just before the road was closed. It was already snowing with ice on the trail. Fog prevented seeing more than 20-30 feet but it was still awesome. Saw ptarmigan and a fox.

hiking
muddy
snow
washed out
2 months ago

The snow covered up the trail, there is no sign or any direction where to go, I only made to blue lake. Couldn’t find any trail to dock butte even with map.... but it was still beautiful and worth to just to be in the nature. I also saw the bear foot print...

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