Baker Lake Trail is a 13.9 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Concrete, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length13.9 miElevation gain1358 ftRoute typePoint to point
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Baker Lake Trail in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest hugs Baker Lake and is mostly flat for most of its length. It wanders through old-growth forests providing some awesome views of Mount Baker. $5 entrance fee

Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

Directions from Sedro-Woolley: Follow State Route 20 east for 17 miles to milepost 82. Turn left on Baker Lake Highway (Forest Road #11). Continue for 14 miles to the Baker Dam Road and turn right. Drive past the Puget Sound Energy Kulshan Campground and across the Upper Baker Dam. After crossing the dam, turn left on Road #1107. Follow this road for 1 mile and look for the trailhead and parking area on the left side of the road.

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Yateen Kedare
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Lisa Katzman
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Terri Maleng
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Really loved this trail. Not too hard nor too easy...walking in the forest with so many little waterfalls, trees cloaked in moss, interesting fauna and fungi, and an incredible view from the campsites at Anderson Point. Tip: pass on the first two campsites here and make the curve down to the right. A stellar mountain view awaits you there..

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Jamie Rice
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RunningMuddy

We went on a rainy day. Trial was wet and muddy in spots. Fun creek crossings! Only saw a few people.

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Heather Cabal
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Unfortunately, we got to the area far too late in the day to get much mileage in. The forest is beautiful! It was very foggy and I bet would be gorgeous in a clear winter day. Started at south end trail.

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Chelsea Del Grande
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Hiked dec 5 and trail was in great condition. A lot of pot holes on the drive there and a little bit of ice. The actual hiking trail was good

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Eva Seelye
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Great little jaunt! There were only three other cars in the lot and we hiked the short 2.5 miles out to the lakeside at Anderson Viewpoint for sunset. No snow. Absolutely gorgeous!

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Samantha Keil
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Beautiful trail, but of note if you like to complete the whole hike like we do: 13.9 is the distance point to point, not out and back. So plan for a long day if you’re doing the whole route. There’s a few trees down, but nothing insurmountable, though the one at ~6 miles is rough. Careful of potholes if you’re not a 4 wheel car!

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Alyssa Quevillon
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Hiked on 11/6. The way to the trail is not bad, a few pot holes. Got there at 8:30am, no cars but us. I would say this trail is more like a long walk in the woods. We did the entire 14 miles and were feeling it in the legs by the end. Not many places to access the lake shore proper, but plenty of beautiful views of Baker all along the way. Plenty of streams and waterfalls for flavor. About 5 miles in, some trees fell over across the trail, but it was easy getting around them.

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Adrian K
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HikingGreat!

Hiked 10/25. It is an easy trail. You walk through beautiful and lush forest. You can get amazing views of Mt Baker and Mt Shuksan from Anderson Point Campsite which is about 2 miles away from the trailhead. Or you can walk about 4 miles from the trailhead to see similar views from Maple Grove Campsite.

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Kathryn Hopkins
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We hiked as far as Anderson Point and turned down into the campsite peninsula. From there the views of Mt Baker and other glorious cascade peaks were in view across a placid lake. It was chilly but not too wet. It was a lovely trail!

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Lucia Lee
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Nicole Novak
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Awesome trail! Tons of fern, moss, mushrooms, and view!

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Will Brand
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Griselda Arroyo
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Kristen Whitehead
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Beautiful and well maintained. A joy to discover. We only went 4.2 miles to Maple Grove but enjoyed every step with hardly a person on it. Swam on the return at beautiful Anderson point. New dusting of snow made Mt Baker glorious. A definite “must” year round, as it’s easy to get to and stunning in all kinds of weather, but particularly, on a clear day...

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Sarah Luna
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I had intended on hiking Anderson Butte Trail, which is up the road from the Baker Lake Trailhead. But after awhile the road got too dicey for my Ford Focus. So I came back down and decided to venture on this trail instead. Glad I did! It's a lovely trail that's well maintained. I didn't finish the full 13.9 miles because I got a late start, but the portion I did was nice and leisurely. Definitely family and beginner friendly. Note: requires Northwest Forest Pass to park at trailhead.

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Madeline Rouse
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Shannon Wright
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WalkingGreat!

Only walked about 4 miles of this trail. Very easy, through the forest. We only saw peek-a-boo views of the lake the portion we walked. Most of the streams are just a trickle. Will have to go back next year earlier in the summer when they are running fuller, and walk the full trail.

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Katie Burt
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everywhere else was too smokey. this trail was very easy, but long. we didn't hike all of it, only half. beautiful. we swam in the lake, but not too long, knowing that it's not totally safe to swim in mountain lakes.

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AllTrails User
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Nice forest walk. Walked out and back of about 3 miles each way. Few views of the lake or mountains until near the end of the distance. The waterfalls that people described were hardly trickles. The forest is nice. It changes from dense mossy areas to wide open under growth with very tall trees to open areas. It goes up-and-down and right and left so there is variety but not a lot of vertical. There is one place where you can get down to the water. There was also an area for backpackers to camp. If you go here, go down near the lake by the boat ramp. The views of glacier covered mountains including Baker are spectacular. Much better than anything I saw on hikes in the North Cascades.

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Zvi Bar-Chaim
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Zvi Bar-Chaim
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Great trail, perfect conditions, minimal bugs.

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Gallit Dan
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Lyle Leritz
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Molly Burton
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Super shady, but with peek-a-boo’s of Mt Baker. Great rest day hike with views and tons of waterfalls. I also saw a grizzly. Bring your bear mace and if alone (like me) clap, tap your hiking poles, sing, or every once in awhile shout a “hey, bear!” DONT WHISTLE .. the frequency can sound like dying animals and actually attract them. Enjoy!

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Joe Mirabella
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So beautiful

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Sudhaamshu MS
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Caio Carvalho
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Mecca Bostwick
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