Railroad Grade Trail is a 14.6 kilometer 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
14.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1,046 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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snow

no dogs

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.

21 days ago

Hard ascent, but the views were amazing! There is a tree to cross the stream downriver of the trail.

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25 days ago

Did this hike on the most beautiful sunny day!! We started at 1:30pm and got back to our car at 6:30. It took us about 2 hours to get to the ridge, which was mind blowing. The first mile and a half was a stroll, then the elevation gain started but was not too bad. I am an experienced hiker and would say that this was definitely one of the coolest hikes I’ve done!

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2 months ago

Our group all agreed, this is a hike we would do again. We hiked all the way to ridge of glacier two weeks ago. So about halfway? We turned around at that point, but saw plenty of overnight backpackers headed up to base camp in order to summit Baker the next day. Tough ascents in the switchbacks. At least for us...moderately out of shape 40-somethings...but very worth the view of Baker, glacial valley, river. Lots of blueberries to snack on this time of year.

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3 months ago

Great trail! Beautiful!!

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4 months ago

Great hike. We just did it today and it’s snow free all the way to base camp.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

WOW the glacier the surrounding mountains the hike the red bushes of blueberries in the fall everything is just amazing in this hike a must do

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

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.

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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

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

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

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.

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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.

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