Explore the most popular lake 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.

hiking
23 hours ago

The peak is not Herman's Peak, but Hermans Peak. It was named after Emery J. Hermans, the surveyor. Look it up.

This was the best and worst hike ever. It was far, long, and tiring. The end view of the lake was breath taking and absolutely worth it. Be prepared to literally climb a mountain to get to the peak, the switch backs get very frustrating because there are sooooo many. The actual trail head for this is 4 miles from where you park your car. There are also signs warning you about potential bears, although we didn’t see any or see any tracks. There still is some snow up at the peak (may 20), so be careful walking on it so you don’t fall through. I definitely suggest this hike to someone who’s fit and experienced.

I should have said in my earlier post that this tree is about 2 miles from where the trailhead would be

Attempted this last week 5/10 and about a mile or so on the forest service road there is a large tree that is lying somewhat across the road. Possibly by driving way to the left will enable you to go under.

Nice well maintained walk until the big broken bridge. We couldn’t make it over with a baby so couldn’t get to the lake

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!

hiking
1 month ago

Great easy hike along the Sauk River. Great views on the drive in and even from the main parking area. There are a lot of new trees that have fallen and make the trail a bit challenging in some spots.

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.

Forest road snow covered at 4 miles prevented us from making it to the TH. Some large potholes up to that point but not terrible.

cool, above tree line hike

snowshoeing
3 months ago

...we were gifted with crystal clear blue skies all day long as we explored the area on our snowshoes, constantly in awe of the landscape , the imposing mass of Mt Baker and not to be out done , the glaciated face of Mt Shuksan...... it is incredibly quick and easy access from the ski hill into the open , back country.... and even tho there was a fair number of people exploring the area there was no escaping the " out there " , wild feel of it..... the only draw back was a rather tedious cross slope trail that proved cumbersome in snowshoes going from Artist Point up to the saddle where the trail branches off for Ptarmigan Ridge, but small potatoes compared to the sights that surrounded us. will definitely be back , ..and i must explore this area in the summer months !

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.

walking
5 months ago

Not our intended trail for the day, but due to the road being closed this is why we ended up. only saw one other person and enjoyed a nice peaceful walk along the river nothing really exciting at all but we were outside and it was a nice day that's all there is to it! :)

hiking
5 months ago

Went up in mid-October and conditions were excellent. We brought snowshoes but didn’t end up using them. I’m sure now you would need them. Some excellent switchbacks and beautiful (stunning!) views.

hiking
6 months ago

I have a question...can dogs get up this trail?

thanks,

Bonnie

on Sauk Lake Trail

hiking
6 months ago

This is a beautiful trail. We just went to the top, and did not continue down to the lake. It’s a dangerous trail because it’s narrow. A couple people have died on this mountain this year and several over the years. The switchbacks make it manageable for a nice day hike. there are bear hunters around, so it’s good to wear bright clothing and put a bright shirt on your dog!!! In 2009 someone was mistaken for a bear, was shot, and died.

hiking
6 months ago

This is an awesome trail. The zig-zags in the beginning were a bit boring but once you turn around the corner (you'll know it), the view was gorgeous! All the snow mountains including Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan and Mt. Rainier, etc.. And don't stop your pace until you hike all the way up to the ridge. The view's even better there!

And the road to the trailhead was fun to drive on, too.

Loved this mountain! Though the elevation is high, it wasn't too difficult. The view is incredibly distracting it is so gorgeous!

6-8" Snow at the lakes - trail is packed snow - slicker than snot in some spots.

hiking
7 months ago

beautiful hike and not too many people but the lake was dried up at that point

hiking
7 months ago

Stunning views, muddy trek.

Stunning!

hiking
7 months ago

Great view all the way. It started to snow and the trail was a bit slippery but generally good. The most jammed trail I’ve ever been.

hiking
7 months ago

10/8/2017
Winchester Mountain Trail is such a beautiful picturesque hike, with the view of the Twin Lakes. This is a must hike, however you need to be prepared.
The road going up to the trail head is VERY steep and difficult, with large pot holes, bumps, crossing water, large rocks; etc. You will not make it up the mountain in your vehicle if you don't have a Jeep, Subaru or 4x4. Don't even try it! If you have a smaller car, you will have to park down the trail and talk a long, steep hike up to the trail head.
I drove slow and carefully, and it took me 1 hour from the road to get to the trail head in my Subaru.
I wasn't prepared for all of the snow and winter wonderland that had already fallen. The hike was covered in snow, and was slushy, muddy, and wet. As you get closer to the top, it is very slippery and icy. I made my way back down the mountain around 2:45pm and the slushy ice was already starting to freeze and was getting colder.

Tips: (Must Haves for this hike)
Wear hiking boots (waterproof)
You will want your trekking poles
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Camera
Long pants and gadders
*Requires Discover Pass

This is a beautiful hike, and was quit the adventure; not just the hike, but driving up to it!

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome sauce, if you like a good hike and don’t mind walking up a few miles of forest road to the trailhead then this place is awesome.

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked Sauk Mountain today. Beautiful day and the views from the top are worth the effort. Both my wife and I thought it was a gradual climb, but nothing overly strenuous. Sauk Mountain Rd off of Hwy 20 was our only concern. Gravel for 7 miles. Didn't encounter a car the whole way up. We got into the parking lot and it was empty. Then 3 more cars arrived. Living in Shoreline, it is a bit far for us to go, but I could see us venturing up the North Cascade Hwy again. Next time we will go all the way to the lake. 2 thumbs ups!!

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