Explore the most popular hiking trails in Mt Baker Ski Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
20 days ago

This hike is different than other Baker hikes like Park Butte or Skyline Divide – because you start already above the treeline, most of the hike is alpine trail with dust and the occasional rockfall. A great part of the hike is that a) it offers amazing views starting 10 minutes from the parking lot, and b) it's noticeably flatter than the hikes mentioned above (though it is slightly higher in elevation). Continuing all the way to the final viewpoint, Baker is fronted by a massive valley, making the mountain feel much bigger than at Skyline Divide or Heliotrope. A great hike for someone who wants a slightly easier introduction to Baker hikes!

hiking
22 days ago

Did this hike on 18th of November, pretty late in the season. At this point the road to the Artist Point parking lot was closed due to snowfall. You park further down which adds another 3km or 45 minutes of hiking each way. The hike was glorious, lightly trafficked at this time of the year. Due to a few days of clear sky the last 2/3rds of the trail was mostly crossing iced over snow and crampons are a must. An ice axe is a welcomed comfort. After an hour walking, around the point where the trail splits off into the Chain Lake trail snow and ice covered the trail which made it impossible to see at times, but with proper gear you can easily navigate your own trail as there are very little obstructions.

Overall not a very hard or steep trail, although the snow increases the effort a little. Absolutely gorgeous views especially with most of the crowds being absent and the snow covering the mountains. Highly recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

Worth the pain of that last incline coming home just to see these beautiful mountaintops up close and personal.

Gorgeous hike. Majority of the climb is at the beginning like mentioned before. Take your time and go slow as it is mostly loose rock.

Once you’re up top though, wow. Feel free to explore the top to see different angles of the valley below.

I would advise you go early, as the sunrise coming over the mountains makes table top and Baker shine a nice gold colour. The parking lot also gets quite busy if it’s a nice day out.

This hike isn’t very long but very worth it, I would suggest you to Ptarmigan Ridge or another hike with it to extend your day.

Aptly named, this hike really puts you up on a tabletop to take in an incredible 360* view of Mt. Baker and the Cascade Range, Artist’s Point, Ptarmigan Ridge, Heather Meadows, and miles of amazingness.

Take the upward slanting trail at the west corner of the Artist’s Point parking lot (packed to the gills and overflowing a mile down the access road on this sunny Fall day.) It is a brief but rugged hike to get up to the “table”. Most elevation is gained in the first half mile with one particular rock-face span of trail requiring slow and careful attention to footfalls on loose rock. In general, about 70% of the trail is gravel and scree. You’ll be looking at your dusty boots a lot as you negotiate the trail so be sure to stop frequently and look up!

Once on top, the trail wanders and weaves, and at time splits and disappears. It may appear on the AllTrails map that this hike connects with the Chain Lakes trail but it does not. The furthest reach of the Table Mountain trail looks down on the Chain Lakes trail. Stop here to enjoy your snacks while pondering how small those hikers appear below and how immense Mt. Baker is above. You are a magnificent speck of stardust, and being here—eating string cheese and pepperoni sticks—is a mysterious miracle. :-)

hiking
1 month ago

Took on this hike near the end of our stay. I was pretty worn out so I only made it past the 4th switch back. I was so disappointed but better judgement prevailed. Not a terrible hard hike but if heights are a factor this is not for you. On the day we went there must have been 100 + going up and down, so the switch backs were very crowded.

BEAUTIFUL! This is a must do hike. Fairly gradual so take the whole family with you too! Love love loved it. We didn’t do the entire thing because it was crazy busy but we will be back!

Perfect day today for this gorgeous trail. A little harder than Joffre Lake trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun trail with spectacular scenery.

Gorgeous hike - this time of year the colors were absolutely breathtaking. Only a few small snowfields to cross, a bit slippery later in the day as the sun melts them, but pretty easy to cross even without poles.

A great day hike which, while long, has varied stunning scenery, beautiful flowers and minimal elevation gain. One of my favorites. We did this hike on August 28 and we used micro spikes for two of the snowfield but I’m 73 so need to be more cautious than all you young ones!

hiking
3 months ago

Very simple loop that offers amazing views of Tabletop! Also the lakes are crystal clear and ice cold, perfect to dip your toes in on a hot summer day, or let your dog go for a swim! Before you start on the trail, be sure to go inside Grandma’s Cabin and read up on the history of the area!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice, short hike for some incredible views.

walking
3 months ago

Amazing views

hiking
3 months ago

Good, simple hike. As of 8/13/2018 it is very smokey. You can still see the mountains but not as clearly as I wanted to.

hiking
4 months ago

Did this hike a couple days ago. No need for crampons or snow gear, just walk slow in the snow covered portions. There were amazing views the entire way!!! Lots of exposure on this trail and little shade so bring sunscreen and plenty of water. The views of Mount Baker are spectacular, and there were about 24 mountain goats with their young bear the end along the slopes. I don’t know why this hike is rated as Hard/Difficult. It wasn’t hard to navigate and there weren’t any hard hill climbs. The trail is mostly flat.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a scenic walk. It is easy but on the mountain side of the loop it gets a wee bit challenging if you have knee issues, are out of shape, or are not sure footed. It is a single file trail.

Stay on the side of the lodge or parking lot and go back and forth on that path if you are not a walking person or have medical issues.

Fire and Ice is a quick and super easy trail with gorgeous views.
It is a must!!!! I am amazed at how beautiful it is.

4 months ago

Super fast and easy trail but...oh such views!
Beautiful!

Awesome views! One of my favorites

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked it July 16. Beginning is still completely snowed in. Since I haven't done it before I had done trouble finding my way with all the snow, but eventually my micro spikes got me through the uphill snow field and to the switchbacks.

At the switchbacks the snow disappeared and the going was much easier, albeit straight up through rugged rock. Beautiful views of Baker as you're ascending.

Once on top there are 360 degree views of Baker, Shuksan, and many other beautiful things in every direction. I was competent enveloped in blue snowmelt ponds, snowy mountains, sheer cliffs, and so on.

To continue past the top it requires micro spikes to be put back on so I could do some ridge hiking to explore. Only saw two other people the three hours or so I was on the hike.

Seriously so beautiful. Still snow on the trail in some places, it’s very thin in some spots as well so you can fall through so be very careful and mindful of that.

so couldn't do any hikes because there was so much snow, but roads clear and open. we wandered around a while looking for a trailhead but no luck, had my 1 year old and 8 year old so wasn't going to chance it. talked to a women at the visitor center, she said at least 2 or 3 more weeks til it's clear. the views from the parking lot were amazing so cant wait to go back.

I had to turn back today due to not having the right gear. If you’re going in the next week bring crampons an ice ax and be prepared to traverse a rather steep snowy slope. I recommend a climbing helmet as there were rocks falling from above. 4 miles into the hike the snow turned soupy like instant potatoes and slid from under you. This is a great trail I will be returning too very very soon:

hiking
6 months ago

The road to Artist Point is cleared of snow but the gate is still locked shut so you can walk the 2.7 mile up to the point but apparently no driving up there until July sometime. Hopefully before the 4th.

hiking
Friday, September 29, 2017

From artist point to the summit, you have about a 1 mile hike up. The trail is marked, barely, but it's rugged and fun. breathtaking views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan, a lake and the Ski Area.

hiking
Monday, September 25, 2017

This hike needs to be combined with another hike to earn the five stars as its a long drive to Baker for a short hike. Leave about 2.5 hours for this hike and explore the terrain up top. You need to wander and explore. Its a three star hike if you hike up and down.

backpacking
Sunday, September 24, 2017

excellent hike! Definitely recommended for those amazing views. trail can be a little rough with lots of loose rocks but almost anyone could do it. also prepare for year round snowpack in locations

hiking
Monday, September 11, 2017

One of the best hikes in the area. Usually need an ice axe before late August as steep snow slopes linger. Spectacular views.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Beautiful scenery. Nice, easy trail, though last hundred yards is uphill.

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Still a lot of snow mid July. Would rate higher later in the summer when it is possible to walk and enjoy the beauty around you rather than having to watch every step. Fantastic for a hike with the kiddos.

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