Explore the most popular views 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.

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

hiking
23 days 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
24 days 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.

Totally enjoyed a late Feb x country ski from the wintertime parking . After leaving the snow-shoe’rs and their big footprints behind the snow was untouched and the world was silent. Just a great day!

hiking
1 month ago

We wanted to hike to Kelcema lake vis this road a few weeks ago.. we were only about to get about a mile or two up the road to park though. We brought our snowshoes and had a nice mostly flat hike up the road. Unfortunately I think we turned around about a mile from the Lake itself but the walk was gorgeous. We were the only ones there and our dogs had a blast!

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

hiking
1 month ago

Road was closed when i got there. I had to walk extra 2 miles to the trail head, and it was covered with a lot of snow. Will come back when it has better condition.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is pretty and not difficult. Lots of fresh snow so spikes weren’t necessary but did help when going up an incline. The cave is covered up right now, but the hike is still worth it. Saw a small avalanche as well. I can’t wait to go back when I can actually see the cave! Parking is about 2 miles away from the trailhead.

cool, above tree line hike

snowshoeing
2 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 !

Went yesterday and the road is closed 2 miles before the turnoff so the hike is longer than what you’ll read about it. An avalanche covered the cave entrance so we couldn’t explore but up to the right are some small waterfalls and it was an absolutely gorgeous day. A lot of hard pack snow and ice, I didn’t bring my spikes but they wouldn’t be a bad idea to have.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a super intense hike, lots of rushing glacial river crossings and loose rocks. But it's beautiful! So much fun!

walking
2 months ago

This is an very beautiful trail! There are stunning views of the Nooksack River almost constantly and the trail seems to go on forever. It's very picturesque, I would highly recommend it to photographers.

What a rainy day in Washington, but what a wonderful Winter Wonderland at the Big Four Ice Caves!
Road was closed so it added an extra 4.4 miles (according to Apple GPS). Saw one snow avalanche and heard several. Be careful and highly recommend to stay on the trail.
My three dogs did so well, they love the snow!!
It wasn’t icy on 1/21, but snowy and slushy.

Great trail with beautiful view. Easy but was a bit icy in January.

Great easy long hike.

hiking
3 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.

Short and sweet. Great view at the top thought the view is somewhat clouded by trees. Snow at the top but made it easily with hiking shoes, didn’t even need spikes

Quick hike, view of mountains was pretty but during summer months might not be as great. Someone had recently been out there so it was easy to spot in the snow the correct way to go once we got to the top

Short and sweet with awesome scenery. Just enough snow to make it a winter wonderland hike! Trail is well maintained and easy to follow. Snow and slush covered most of it today but it wasn’t an issue for us.

Not really a hike but the caves were awesome!

walking
4 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.

Be careful! The whole mountain is basically a waterfall right now due to the rain, which is causing snow avalanches. If you hear something that sounds like a loud jet- that is an avalanche. Parking lot is covered In about 10 inches of snow. Other than the avalanches it was very beautiful and a pleasant hike/walk. Go prepared!

Hiked on 11/16/17. Trail in good conditions, with 2 to 4 inches of snow/slush. Recommend waterproof shoes and of course, to stay far from the ice caves. Saw a wet avalanche coming down close to the caves. Although it was a relatively small avalanche, I could hear the noise of the heavy pack roaring down. Nothing to worry if you stay in the trail away from the base of the mountain. Beautiful hike, specially this time of the year. My son and I had the trail just for us.

hiking
5 months ago

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

thanks,

Bonnie

First snow . Beautiful

A little slippery in spots but beautiful along the river. Some trees across trail near the end but we managed to climb over/around.

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