Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Mt. Baker National Forest 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 not an out and back as the previous poster said. It is a good loop if you connect it with Ross lake.

This was a very beautiful trail offered breath taking views everyday of our trip. It is not the most used or maintained trail and is over grown in parts. I would also say that it is more than moderate, it was difficult trek in August with limited water sources.

snowshoeing
27 days ago

The road to the trail head has a large patch of snow covering it still which our low clearance car couldn’t take so we walked the 2.4 miles to the trail head. The majority of the road is dry though. The trail is beautiful, quite steep then hits a lot of snow around 3500 ft. We followed someone’s trail through the snow but lost them at around 4100. Since we weren’t familiar with the trail we turned around. We probably were close to the clearing but snowshoeing started to become more difficult as the snow was very soft and we would slide on steeper sections. We then attempted to go to the old lookout but also too snowed in and didn’t see a trail. All in all it was a lot of fun, our first time snowshoeing on a trail like this.

As of 4.14 the mountain loop highway was closed 10 miles out from hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great way to walk in the woods! Every mile offered a sense of discovery. Would love to come back for an overnight trip!

It’s a long hike but the lake is beautiful. The water reflects the surroundings and it looks like a mirror.

This one looks good on paper but is actually tedious, dry in long stretches with mixed, mediocre views and leaves you unsatisfied. Use your valuable time to a different loop.

cool, above tree line hike

hiking
4 months ago

Started from the northern east bank and hiked and about a mile past noisy creek to stop and have lunch on the beach. Beautiful clear views of Baker and neighboring peeks. No snow or ice on trail or in the parking lot.

backpacking
7 months ago

Unbelievable. Stellar trip with killer crystal-clear views. Excellent conditions and no bugs. Quick overnight up to Snowy Lakes from Rainy Pass.

hiking
7 months ago

Love the view! Long but easy, mainly flat trails. Waterfalls along the upper trials are a plus. A lot of space to relax, unwind & take in the amazing lake.

hiking
8 months ago

Pros:
- Mid way the trial is relatively flat and easy
- Dog friendly
- Waterfall pit-stop

Cons:
- A lot of bugs (highly recommend bringing good bug repellent)
- We couldn't find the lake because we lost the trail after the waterfall
- First and last part of the hike has a lot of climb

Overall for someone like me who has only hiked twice this summer this was a decent hike. It was a little disappointing not getting to the end but we were still satisfied with the waterfall. Our black lab definitely enjoyed himself at the waterfall. I would go again just so I can reach the lake.

Don't do Devil's Dome as an out and back! A trail follows Ross lake all the way to the trailhead and is much shorter/easier

backpacking
8 months ago

Great hike with views. From cutthroat to the pct camp below snowy lakes there was no water this time of year.

Gorgeous views!! Make sure you fill your water at North Fork because when we went (end of Aug) there wasnt any water source from North Fork to after Devil's Dome.

Amazing trail , did the hike this morning with my wife . It was a fantastic experience

Great spot, a well used trail. Watch for the mice at the campsite and in the carpark. They will get into your car if there is anything edible in there. Same goes for the campsite, use a sealed container as they will chew through bags etc. even when hung.

camping
9 months ago

great hike went up Thursday left my car unlocked with nothing in it no problems. really clean outhouse at the trail head took the lower trail and it was nice follows the river. cross a few streams. near the end the trail gets a little steep for the last mile but not too bad about 4 or 5 switchbacks and you're there. pretty waterfall, beautiful lake, nice
camping area and toilets. bugs were minimal but I used bug spray anyway. clear sky under the stars and the moon lit up the lake too

hiking
9 months ago

This hike was killer! What a wonderful day we had! The worst part was the flies, they were so bad and irritating, especially at the edge of the lake! The water was SO chill and refreshing though, I jumped in 3 times! :) Ran in to about 10 groups throughout the day, everyone was super great and my pups were off leash the whole time, we only saw 1 other dog and they all played, it was nice! At the first split we took the lower falls trail and found out it's a lil faster! You come to the falls first and they are gorgeous and powerful! Right up the hill a few hundred more feet is the stunning lake! It's Aug 6th and the Canadian fires are burning bad, so the air was very smokey, but made for eerie pics! Loved this hike, took us 6 hours round trip at a moderate speed, stopping of course to eat berries and let the dogs dip in to the river spots and cool down, then about a good hour at the lake! :)

Pretty easy hike and nice camp sites. Downside, a lot of rodents.

very beautiful, amazing views of Mt. Baker.

backpacking
9 months ago

I took the trail to the junction with the PCT and set up camp at White Pass. The first 6 miles through the forest along the river to the Mackinaw Shelter was fairly easy. Switchbacks kick in shortly after as you make your way up the ridge for a little over 2 miles to where it joins the PCT. The stretch from White Pass to Red Pass was endless green slopes and mountain views. The scene from the top of Portal Peak was spectacular.

First impression. I went there to a day hiked like a couple month ago maybe June something. I would love to go back there again for camping someday in this month,Waterfall is amazing. And lake is gorgeous.

hiking
9 months ago

Trail is in good condition and no snow even on the last scramble.

All Trails and WTA list both the distance and elevation change different from one another. Be prepared for 11 mile round trip with 4000 feet of elevation change if you want to finish this trail.

9 months ago

Beautiful hike. The last mile and a half is rocky and steep. We stayed on the lower route back and forth. Great views. Would come back and camp sometime

backpacking
9 months ago

Stunning lake with the beautiful surrounding mountains! The hike overall is definitely on the easy side though, and I would definitely recommend taking the lower trail both up and down because it has much more to see than the upper trail.

backpacking
9 months ago

Love this lake, didn't see any goats though. It easy hiking until the last mile and a half. Lower trail was way more beautiful than the upper in my opinion. Upper was along a cliff of trees, lower was along a river. Every time I see the lake and peak behind it, it's like the first time all over again. Will definitely do again. Cross the log jam and walk down the trail. Gorgeous. Super clean water.

hiking
10 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

Sadly rating this a 3. Yes the lake was gorgeous (rate that a 5) but everyone seems to go up there to party and blare music. Was not the relaxing backpacking spot that we were hoping to find. The camping was crazy packed more like a KOA.

backpacking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike, the tail to the glacier side of the lake is overgrown with nettles halfway so bring a machete if you want to reach the glacier. Take the upper trail back to the trailhead to see several beautiful waterfalls!

hiking
10 months ago

I wanted to head up to Mt Baker for a mid week hike and I called the Galcier Service Center and said I was looking for a tough hike with no special gear required that would take me to a high elevation. This hike was a perfect match. YOU HAVE TO GO ALL THE WAY UP THOUGH! Apparently the maintained trail ends at about 5100' and its a great view. The hike is mostly in a nice forest with a very nice trail. Then you pop out and start to see the sky. This section is really overgrown and if there happens to be any rain you will be soaked just from the contact of the brush. The hike to this point is about three out of five starts. For that five start experience you should continue to the top, which you think you might see but its actually hiding just behind that peak.

After the maintained trail ends there is some snow on the trail but where its flat and the trail is easy to find. Out footprints going were already hard to see on the return down. After about 15 minutes of hiking from the 5100' level the trail takes you into a valley and there is a crossing where there is a small section of no snow to cross, even though we did cross where there was snow. There are a few switchbacks then the trail goes straight up to the left side of the ridge that you can see. On this ridge you now see Yellow Aster Butte and Winchester Mountain. There are total 360 degree views. Once you reach this ridge its just a casual walk compared to what you just climbed to the summit.

In about 20 minutes you will be on the top of Goat Mountain. This part if very flat and a great place to relax.

Overall, all you need is water, sunblock and poles and some confidence to make this hike a great journey. I think it took about four hours up with a stop for lunch and photos and about three hours down for a total of seven hours RT. This hike has some incredible photo opportunities so make sure you dont miss anything.

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