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Horseshoe Bend Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Deming, Washington that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.8 mi Elevation gain 406 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Paddle sports

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

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An out and back trail that is right along the river. Great views of the water and excellent birding as well. Whitewater Kayaks also put in here as there is a check in station for them at the trailhead. Remember your Forest Pass. During the summer and on weekends this one can get pretty busy since it is right off the road and near a large camp ground.

Parking at the trailhead but remember your Forest Pass!

Glacier Service Center: 10091 Mt. Baker Hwy Glacier, WA 98244 Phone Number: (360) 599-2714

Travel east on the Mt. Baker Highway SR 542. Approximately 2 miles from the Glacier Public Service Center cross the Nooksack River. The trailhead is located on the right (east) side of the highway, directly across from the entrance to Douglas Fir Campground. Persons camping at Douglas Fir Campground can also access the trail from the campground.

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Derek Griffin
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HikingOver grown

If you want an easy nature walk with views of a rapid filled water, then do this hike but only about a half mile in. Put your feet in the water then head back to the car. If you try to follow the entire trail there really is not much redeeming about it. Overgrown tight trail and it gets away from the river so there is only one really good high view of it about 3/4 of the way to the end. Not sure about the other reviewers that thought this was beautiful the entire time but that was not the case. We had also just hike Excelsior Peak before this and that was epic.

David Shepard
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Hiking

Fun and scenic trail along the river.

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Tyler Hargrave
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Hiking

Breathtaking. A nice easy trail along the river bank with minimal elevation changes. Some parts of the trail are a bit slick, so be mindful of the steeper parts. The scenery is breathtaking and every corner has a picturesque view. Highly recommend!

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Mollie Barnard
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HikingBugsFeeOver grown

Great little hike with beautiful views. Some bugs, some steep spots, and narrow/overgrown at times.

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Kenzie Faris
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HikingMuddyOver grown

We have never been up to the area, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. With two toddlers in tow I was a little nervous because of the rush of water. Once we got onto the trail we enjoyed how well maintained the trail was! It wasn’t until we had been walking awhile that it got overgrown and I wasn’t sure if we were supposed to keep walking?? We only saw one other person on the trail towards the end and she let us know that further down was muddy and slippery. We ultimately decided to turn around but enjoyed the walk tremendously!

Ann Marler
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HikingMuddy

Fair amount of salmonberries.

Ed Keeley
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Great trail that follows the river through a beautiful forest. There are still a few muddy areas but all were fairly easy to get around. The end of the trail does have a few areas that are getting overgrown but not real concerns. And just for the other out of shape hikers out there...I clocked about 3.5 miles total so I think I went a bit further than as mapped. While I would still classify this as an easy hike, just know that there are some up and downs and you will get your heart rate up. Plenty of spots to take a quick breather though.

Joe Corrigan
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HikingMuddy
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Rashmi Shivanna
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Hrishit Shah
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Muddy
Elizabeth Tucker
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HikingMuddy

Wonderful little trail that hugs the bank of the Nooksack River. Muddy in some of the low spots on the trail but nothing too severe. Wise enough to easily pass others with plenty of space for the most part though it does have its narrow portions. Totally kid friendly most of the way and not much elevation gain until the last 1/2 mile or so. Easy enough to turn around if you aren’t wanting to tackle some steepness. Passed a few people but for the most part it was just my dog and me.

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Laura Seebald
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HikingRocky

Gorgeous views. Gets steeper as you go up.

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Chelan Barclay
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Hiking

Great for a winter non ski day walk. We walked from Snowater then crossed the highway at the bridge to begin this trail. Round trip from snowater took us about 2.5 hours maybe a bit more. Went with a 9 year old. Trail was very wet and muddy but in good condition. Peaceful and lovely.

Lynnea Mills
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HikingMuddy

Easy trail with the beautiful river. Good day walk

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emily stanley
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Hiking

Nice easy to moderate, well-maintained riverside trail. We only went a mile in of the trail, but it was mostly dry with a few isolated muddy spots. We only saw a few other people on the trail, so quiet for an early October weekday.

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Sheri Cain
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Hiking

A lovely well maintained trail through a lush forest with almost continuous views of a wild river. Nice little sandy areas snug the trail make for great photo opportunities as well as.....ahhhhhh!

Alex Marinets
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Hiking

I would not call it a hike. Next to Douglas fir campground it’s a walk along the powerful river with lots of greenery and moss around.

carlomm99 .
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Hiking

easy trail for kids

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Sarah and Todd Ivanhoe
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Hiking

Nice trail,outlying flat. Great river views and Forrest. Easy hike for beginners.

Christopher Salerno
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Hiking

Good hike along the river. There are a Few areas where the river pools so people or dogs can safely jump in. At the far end of the trail it is getting overgrown and there is no clear turn around but overall a fun hike.

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Ian Bergman
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Hiking

as always an easy, well maintained riverside walk. not too much traffic today. great for kids and pets.

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K Barkel
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Hiking

Really nice trail. The first part was flat and wide, but later it narrows and is a bit overgrown in spots. With the second half (up and down) it felt more like a moderate hike. Amazing views of the river the whole way, done from steep cliffs, and other parts low enough to get in.

Lauren S
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Hiking

Made for an incredibly scenic and technical trail run! First third of the trail is pretty flat followed by a series of ups and downs. A few spots were muddy but manageable. Would highly recommend - bring a good pair of shoes!

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Katie Nickel
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HikingMuddy

I loved this hike, took my son when he was a month old in my Boba. Very easy hike, and absolutely beautiful with the river running along side the trail almost the whole way. We continued past the end of the trail and it leads you to an old logging road. We walked up that for a bit too, but turned around at the landing. Great view of the valley that leads to Silver Lake

Stephen Dufrene
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Hiking

I always drive past this when I drive up to Mt. Baker. Today I spent the time to walk it. I’m glad I did. Beautiful trail

Jerry Thowson
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HikingBlowdownBugsMuddyOff trailOver grown

Good hike, a lot of up and down after you cross under the power-lines. Further out you go the stepper it can get. We ended going a bit further then end, right down to the river, on some goat trail. down tree's blocking the path. I don't recommend going past the end maker

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