Explore the most popular waterfall 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.

Awesome hike. Downloading the gps was helpful over some of the snow patches as none of us in the group had done this one before. Seemed like most of the snow would melt soon. Trekking poles would have been helpful but managed without.

Was an awesome easy hike and amazing views.

first time with the family best hike this far. beautiful scenery and fresh air. dog friendly easy hike.

July 12th, 2018: Excellent hike! The road to the trailhead was totally clear of snow and debris, though quite covered with potholes. The trail is a steady moderate climb with several stream crossings for roughly the first two miles, then breaks the tree line shortly after there is a fork for hikers and climbers. The hiking trail from here on out is more steep with lots of scree to keep things interesting. We were able to reach just below the highest point on the ridge but didn’t make the last 100 feet or so due to some residual snow. Wonderful view of the glacier, the valley below, and the surrounding mountains. Weather was perfectly warm and there was little wind, even at the top. A great hike that I’ll hopefully do again soon!

Fun little hike. Took small kids... enjoyed the ice caves at the end.

Caves aren't anything spectacular yet.

First the road is not that bad. I’m sure in spring it’s a mess. It after mid June this road is very passable for all vehicles just watch for potholes etc. The trail itself is not hard. I am an asthmatic with no right ACL and this trail didn’t pose a problem for me. What makes it hard is the immediate climb after the first bridge crossing followed by switchbacks that last until the first water crossing. There are 4 of them by the way, well at least this year so far as it was a heavy snow year. The last two are the more dangerous ones. I found that if you walk a little mower along the bank you will find a shallower manageable pool. There are a lot of vistas but wow! Is all I have to say when you get to the glacier. I was fortunate I had a blue sky day and Mt. Baker was amazing as was the glacier. This trail does split just below the fourth crossing to the right is the climbers route for the Baker summit and to the left is the overlook.

Con... this hike is rated at 5.5 miles out and back. Wrong!!! Try closer to 7 miles.

Great trail for kids!

Narrow path = lots of yielding. mosquitos enjoyed the snack. mountain = beautiful

Great hike! Stream crossings are exciting and can be hazardous, trekking poles are very helpful. In the end, you are rewarded with the most amazing glacier view!

Rocky bumpy road to the trail head recommend a high clearance vehicle but not needed if you want to risk it. Starts with a nice wooded area and the switchbacks continue through the meadows with nice flowers until you hit snow. Even though it can be done without spikes it will be nice to have them and my trekking poles proved vital in the snow. Once near the lookout prepare to climb over big boulders leading to the lookout. Once at the lookout you will have some tiny visitors looking for a snack. Totally worth the trip for an amazing unforgettable view. As of yesterday July 4th the lake was quite frozen with some snow.

Super kid friendly. Loves the views, weather was nice no mood. My 2, 6 and 8 year old had no problem hiking.

My wife and I took our twin daughters in Kelly Kids carriers as far as we could go without snow spikes and axes as well as factoring in overall safety. Had to turn around at about 5800' elevation when it got too step and slick for us. Until that point the views were incredible. Wish we could have had a bit less snow so we could have seen Hidden Lake.

Quick easy trail, nice vistas, good for young kids.

short hike and sooo beautiful.

*** Hey Tray Edwards- the author of the WTA report from 6/24/18 might have your micros...

amazing hike, be prepared for a lot of snow crossings, and pay before you drive up the rather crazy rough entrance road (cars not recommended). also, at the first bridge section you will have to cross a massive fallen tree from the last storm

Wildflowers the entire way, no bugs! Gorgeous full waterfalls all the way. Fairly good shape entire way although couldn’t get to the end as an snow/ice bridge was large over one of the last creeks, and we didn’t wish to scramble down and around...all in all, a great early hike.

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike. The trail can be a bit difficult to see in 2 or 3 spots where rocks cover it but take a look around and you’ll find where it continues. Having a dog with a knack for finding trails helps :)

I drove up late Saturday night to catch the sunrise at the peak. The unimproved road leading to the trailhead is a little washed out and may be an issue for low clearance cars. Although I did see a Prius parked up there. I started the hike around 230am and didn’t have any issues with staying on the trail under darkness, it’s pretty established and no snow until about 2 miles up. You’ll cross a few creeks along the way but nothing too drastic. Once I hit the snow I put on my micro spikes ad had my ice axe available due to the incline of the trail & hard snow. I found it difficult to follow the trail (others tracks) and veered off course a few times and ended up cutting up to the peak earlier than I should have but it was a great view when the sun started coming up. I made it to the center lookout point by 0500ish and watched the sunrise. There were a few campers still in their tents there. The lake is still iced over but it was still a perfect view. After hiking around to the lookouts I began my decent around 0600. The snow was already starting to loosen up and I ended up losing a micro spike along the way. On the way down I was able to enjoy the views I missed coming up in the dark, with beautiful wildflowers and waterfalls. It was a great hike & id love to stay at the lookout overnight next time. Definitely don’t underestimate this hikes difficulty, especially in the dark.

Beautiful hike with several stream and snow crossings. Did not make it to the end as the trail was sun covered and we couldn’t locate it past where we stopped. Fun hike. Definitely hiking shoes and poles. Road to trail is paved for most of the way with potholes. Lots of climbers on the trail

hiking
24 days ago

Trail is washed out in a few places. Crossed about 10 areas of water from run off from the mountain. Could not get to the end. Turned around after 2nd big washout area. Hike was still pretty with lots of waterfalls and wildflowers

Seriously amazing. Never seen anything like it. Easy hike, good for all skill levels and ages.

great hike, very short but so beautiful. a great one for kids!!

Such a quick and easy hike to such a beautiful waterfall!

Great hike for Fathers Day. Well maintained trail, but definitely well trafficked. We took our dog, all other dogs where on leashes. Took us just over an hour, round trip. Highly recommend!

To make it to the top of Baker, be trained in standard mountaineering practices: crevasse rescue, self arrest and be roped in to an experienced team. This is not a technical climb but it can be dangerous because of crevasses and avalanche risk. Use a guide service if you don’t have experience.

I love this trail for what it is, kid friendly, easy,
close to home, and beautiful. This is far from my favorite hike but it’s a fun place to explore when I’m with my toddler or limited on time. LOVE how much parking is available here.

1 month ago

Gorgeous hike to Base Camp with the Summit coming in and out of view of the clouds. 3 hours up starting at 9am, 2 hours glissading/ hiking down. Have boots and poles for sure for the sleep hike up the snow. The river crossing wasn’t too bad but snow bridges look a little sketchy. Some fallen trees but clear paths around them. Muddy and snow slushy at parts. Maybe 20 cars in the lot. Partially paved partially gravel road with potholes.

this 2nd time there was no cave because the snow but view worth it

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