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Baker Lake Trail

MODERATE 119 reviews

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.

Distance: 13.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,358 feet Route Type: Point 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

hiking
blowdown
8 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great old growth and lake views. Very few mosquitos mid-September, but tons of moths. Went +\- 10 miles to Silver Creek campground with my 12 and 9 yo kids who loved the many small bridges and huge mossy trees. Saw <10 people all weekend and had the campground to ourselves; nice tent platforms and fire pits. If passing Maple Grove camp (4mi) be aware there’s no camping spots until silver creek, 6 miles further, which was a real push for my guys.

hiking
2 months ago

Don't forget to buy a $5 pass online and print it before you go if you don't have a NWForest pass. They don't sell them anywhere near the park. We made a lovely short hike (2 miles out, 2 back) by turning around at Anderson Point campground. The view is absolutely amazing...the only way to get this view otherwise would be from a boat. Absolutely perfect. The road to the hike was in pretty decent condition and we made it just fine in our 2wd hatchback.

hiking
2 months ago

we did 14miles back and forth. definitely a long endurance challenge but the lake at the end is so beautiful and worth it. elevation is overall low but it's not completely flat. bugs mosquitoes will come for you so bring a bugs spray. no scrambles.

hiking
bugs
rocky
washed out
2 months ago

The land slide area between maple grove and silver creek is so washed out now, it is very dangerous to cross. Would not take inexperienced hikers or kids across it. Also encountered a bear at the turn by silver creek. Other than that it was a great trail. Very well maintained. Bridges are very sturdy. . Toilets of some form and bear boxes in the campgrounds.

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

Beautifully maintained trail. We started at Baker Lake S, and hiked to the Maple Grove campsite. Mosquitos weren’t to bad, bug spray was definitely a plus. 95% of the hike is shaded which was another plus on this warm day, we left the campsite around noon, the hike on the way back was very warm and a little humid.

hiking
4 months ago

FYI, you have to have a NW Forest Pass to park at the trailhead and they closest place to get them is in Concrete, Washington at the Chamber of Commerce. Of course, they don't put signs up to tell you that until you are nearly at the trailhead. Good hike though. Beginning portion is mostly away from the water and the first real views are at Andersen Creek and Andersen Point but the views are nice.

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice maintained trail with moderate traffic. The road to the trailhead is not very well marked. Quite some peekaboo views of the lake. I wish there’s more open views of the lake. Lot moderate up and down slopes along the trail. There are quite some mosquitos. Overall, nice trail!

hiking
4 months ago

Did the north end from the end of Baker Lake Road about 3/4 of the way to Noisy Creek on Monday (6 miles round) and then today did it from the south and made it to Maple Grove (8 miles round trip with some detours). Will walk the entire 13 miles in a few weeks and stay at Noisy Creek. The trail was beautiful- did it with 4 kids/teens and 2 dogs and it was safe, clean, and easy peasy! Mostly in the shade. Trail maintenance was happening today- any overgrown areas with stinging nettles are now GONE! Toilets and campgrounds along the way, beautiful waterfalls, MANY bridges (25 bridges to be precise between the south end and Maple Grove- kids counted). Ferns, flowers, slugs, snails, and frogs abound! Must do!

backpacking
5 months ago

Highly recommend this trail. It’s about 4 1/2 miles from the trailhead to Noisy Creek campgrounds. Mostly flat with a few switchbacks but did have an elevation gain. Beautiful view of the lake and mountain directly from the campsite. Took two people that hadn’t backpacked before and they had a great time.

hiking
6 months ago

Only went as far as Anderson Creek, because we came late and ran out of daylight. Conditions were perfect, trail very well maintained and dry. All bridges were intact and solid. Definitely going back for a longer hike soon!

hiking
6 months ago

The trail is easy and short. I saw several varieties of wildflowers in early May, including Easter Lilies. The hot springs (sic) are a single, disappointing puddle, filled when I saw it, with black ash runoff from a fire/campsite thoughtless laid on the uphill slope. Altogether a bit squalid.

backpacking
6 months ago

Hiked this trail in early May from the southern trailhead to Noisy Creek and back, about 18 miles over two days. This trail was an absolute joy; the temperature was perfect, the trail framed on all sides by blooming plants, moss, massive old-growth trees, and the occasional view of Baker. Elevation gain or loss is minimal. We must have crossed 30 streams, creeks and rivers – most with little bridges, but some took a few seconds of thought to get across. This was my first backpacking overnight, and I would highly recommend it for beginners. At the time of this review, there was 1 downed tree that required us to take off our packs, and 1 short section of trail that was slightly washed out just before the bend in the lake. Both not a huge deal, easily passable.

hiking
7 months ago

Incredible weather today. Road is accessible for any car, just a couple potholes to dodge. Not many people on the trail and tons of space to spread out and enjoy your view of Baker.

hiking
snow
8 months ago

24Feb- hiked to Anderson campground. You will have to hike up the road 1 mile to the trailhead as the road is blocked due to the snow plow building up a lot of snow at the intersection of the forest service road. You will have to watch out for a few snowmobiles as they are going up and down the road. We took snowshoes thinking we would need them but we were able to just hike the majority of the trail to Anderson campground. We actually never put on the snowshoes on hiking back to the car. Great hike with a lot of little streams that have bridges over them to cross.

10 months ago

Dec 31 Weather great! Some snow. Trail in great condition

hiking
10 months ago

Took a lovely Christmas morning hike here. There was a little snow and the bridges were a little slippery, so take care. But it was gloriously quiet on the trail. And there were some branches and a fallen tree in the trail, but it wasn’t too big of a deal to get around it. It’s just an easy-going, pretty hike.

10 months ago

Fun trail

backpacking
11 months ago

Absolutely beautiful but the mosquitos are monsters in the summer time.

Tue Nov 13 2018

Nice trail in the woods. At campgrounds has great views to Mount Baker.

hiking
Sat Aug 11 2018

A beautiful easy hike. We only made it to Maple Grove campground which is about a 4 mile nice relatively flat hike great for a day trip. I can't wait to go back and camp there.

backpacking
Mon Jul 09 2018

Very nicely maintained trail with excellent campsites. Views from the campsites were stunning. The trail was pretty easy, but as a warning to parents this is not a great trail for young kids. We hiked in to Anderson point to camp with our 3 yo and 5 yo. There was some elevation gain and loss but not bad. However, much of the trail was narrow with a 100-300 ft drop on one side of the trail. Had to hold my 3 yos hand much of the trail. I would not take children under 5 on this trail.

Thu Jun 21 2018

great.

Mon Jun 04 2018

Such a beautiful trail. Hardly any elevation at all. We started at the back end of the lake near the baker river trail. We were really happy that we did as we didn’t have time to hike the entire 14 miles. The views of the river leading into the lake are breathtaking! I wish I was still there. We were able to hike to noisycreek campground and back. What an amazing day!

hiking
Tue Apr 03 2018

Great way to walk in the woods! Every mile offered a sense of discovery. Would love to come back for an overnight trip!

hiking
Tue Jan 16 2018

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.

Sun Aug 06 2017

very beautiful, amazing views of Mt. Baker.

backpacking
Tue Jul 04 2017

Went out to Maple Grove on for an overnight out and back with my wife. Trail is wonderfully shaded and flat. Bridge is still out about 1 mile north of the south entrance, but a large log and various smaller logs make the river passable. Gorgeous views of Baker, Shuksan, and of course the lake. Stunning old growth forest. Can continue along the trail if you desire for up to 14.3 miles one way. Overnight we encountered a black bear sniffing around and looking for anything interesting. Bring a bear canister and be aware. Didn’t see any bears midday. Be smart, don’t leave food out, and enjoy this beautiful hike.

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