Railroad Grade Trail

HARD 7 reviews

Railroad Grade Trail is a 9.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Concrete, Washington and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until November.

DISTANCE
9.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3444 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

snow

Directions from Sedro-Woolley: Follow State Route 20 east for 17 miles to milepost 82. Turn left on the Baker Lake Hwy. (Forest Road #11). At 12 miles, turn left on Road #12. Travel 3 miles to the junction of Road #13. Stay to the right and follow Road #13 for 6 miles. The trailhead is located at the end of Road #13. Overnight campsites are available at the trailhead.

hiking
5 days ago

This hike gets five stars for the easy access it provides to an up close and personal view of Mt Baker. This is an awesome hike and I think the closest you can get to the summit of M t Baker on a known trail. As long as you have your ten essentials you can hike right up to the glacier as the trail ends due to the glacier. No special equipment needed. Glaciers are typically blue as they are compressed ice where as snowfields are typically white. Do not walk on snow on top of a glacier or you could fall to your death into a crevasse. In fact there are often groups practicing crevasse rescue in this area.

The Railroad Grade section has you mostly on top of a ridge line with marmots cheering you on as you climb up and up gradually. If you have a fear of ledges or heights this might not be a great hike, although I think there are some trails to the side that parallel the high trail for the camp sites.

Eventually the worn trail ends and you have to use your skills, the wear patterns on the rocks and the evidence of any trail markers others have made to get to the top. Just set your sites on hump at a time and you will eventually reach the end of the road. Baker was nice enough to come out of the clouds long enough to make the hike just a little better.

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

What a great hike! Close glacier and crevasses views just awesome!

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18 days ago

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18 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike to train on if you plan to climb baker. It is difficult along the ridge line. But so worth it. Depending on your conditioning & firmness level, it will take you 3 to 3-1/2 hrs to get up from the trailhead and 2 to 2-1/2 to get down.

hiking
Monday, September 16, 2013

Nice little side trail from the Park Butte trail. The trail follows a ridge line all the way to the glaciers on Mt Baker. I've read several comments about how the trail is sketchy in parts and how steep the drop offs are on either side but I thought it was fine. It does climb continuously however since you are hiking up the base of Baker. But it does offers some nice close up views of the glaciers and some excellent campsites.