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The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is one of the most visited forests in the country. Located on the west side of the Cascades between the Canadian border and Mt. Rainier National Park, you will find glacier-covered peaks, spectacular mountain meadows and old-growth forests rich in history and outdoor opportunities.
This is not an easy hike after you pass mile 2. In fact, it is steep and rough. Roots, rocks, and mysterious monsters grabbing at your feet unexpectedly. (legs tire easy with the incline, and one needs to concentrate on lifting your feet.) A miss-step can be problematic, so be careful. While there are about 40 switch-backs, don't count them....you'll just get depressed on how many more you have to go.
But the trail is beautiful, and the apex of the trek is worth it. Some 400 year old growth scatter the trail, and ancient remnants of a fire.
late April and there was still a bit too much snow to get to Big Greider, or even camp at little Greider. But still beautiful.
Absolutely incredible this time of year. The road is closed two miles before Big Four so you'll have to park at the gate and then trek down the road. It's very, very snowy a mile down the highway hence the gated closing but if you're up for a strenuous early spring hike it has an amazing payoff. The caves are entirely covered but you can stand and watch miniature avalanches crash down Big Four mountain every few minutes. This hike is a completely different experience then hiking to the caves during the colder seasons.
Was just there on 9 Apr 2017. Mountain Loop is still gated shortly after Silverton due to the snow. Ice Caves are still covered with snow but the trail is doable and still gorgeous scenery. I had micro spikes which helped out. Snow shoes would also be handy dandy.
Have been here twice, on trips to the Seattle area in Nov. 2013 and again in Sept. of the following year as I wanted to see it in the summer months and before it was closed for a cleanup project. Hike is easy, but getting across the creek can be rather tricky.
I backpacked from North Fork sauk trail to PCT, to Blue Lake, to Pilot Ridge, down pilot ridge, cross the river, then again connecting back to N Fork Sauk trail and on to parking lot. What an awesome loop. It's a beautiful trail with espectacular views of Glacier Peak and so many flowers along the way and much more. I hiked this at the beginning of August. I would recommend it for a 3-4 day backpack trip. There's water sources all along the way, with the exception of top of pilot ridge. But you can find water before and after the ridge.