Explore the most popular birding trails near Concrete with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The views were breathtaking and Baker felt like it was right there! Great cell service with Verizon at the top (just not inside the fire-lookout structure). Everyone I spoke with said the last mile was a push. When you see the structure from below, keep going. It’s not as far or as close as you think.

The trail was in great shape except two riverbed crossings.... Just walk straight across. There was a bridge to help you across, it’s gone but very easily crossed at the time of my hike (10/16/18)

The road up to the trailhead was in relatively great shape. There were some potholes but that’s a given on heavily traveled dirt roads. The trailhead is 30 minutes from Concrete.

Tip: There are two drive up, single night campsites next to the trailhead.

Beautiful lakes! Bugs can be pretty bad during summer.

One of my all time favorite hikes! It's a must do! I would recommend eating lunch at the tarns!

Absolutely stunning! This trail was so beautiful it took my breath away! (but that also could have been because I forgot my inhaler lol) I am definitely out of shape, and don't hike a lot so this completely kicked my butt, but it was so worth it! Hiked with a friend, and we missed the tiny sign pointing the way to Anderson Lake (it is just a small wooden post along the side of the trail by the boardwalk) so we only had time to go to Watson Lakes, but they were still gorgeous! Even the drive up to the trailhead is amazing with views of the mountains towering above the valleys. All in all it was a wonderful day, and I would definitely go back sometime to do Anderson Lake too!

Trail was overall super amazing, great views, killer nature vibes. Tough time when my group reached the top within the 12 people limit to stay in the lookout but we found three men who weren’t willing to share with anyone else who planned on staying up there. They turned away close to 20 people. So we were forced to walk back down.

when you feel like you’re close, you’re definitely not. when you get to the open plain and you feel like you’re getting close, you’re not. when you’re climbing up the rocks and you think it’s right around the corner, you most certainly are not. you’ll know you’re close when you can see the lookout. beautiful hike with beautiful views and beautiful people, happy trails!

Exceptionally well marked and well maintained. I was hoping for fall color but not there yet. It’s a loop in the old growth forest. No other destination. No view. Got a bit monotonous. But quiet and beautiful. The trees are amazing.

Easily the best hike we've done all year! Not too far from Seattle- but far enough that is is under-utilized by city folk. The hike is scenic throughout with a fantastic view of the lakes. The trail is well-marked with punctuated elevation gain followed by lulls. The drive up on forest road 1112 is scenic in and of itself. You may need a 4x4 or other high-clearance vehicle to access the trail head depending on the time of year.

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1 month ago

Very beautiful trail. I’m recovering from surgery and need easy trails. This one was perfect. The scenery of towering Douglas Firs and cedars was above par. Cleanest park bathroom I’ve ever seen. Lots of photo ops.

Nice, enjoyable walk for all skill levels. Definitely quite easy, with no major hills. We saw families out with young kids and dogs, so suitable for everyone! Great forest views, not much wildlife (saw a few birds and heard a woodpecker).

Beautiful views and loads of snacking on the best blueberries you’ll ever have. One of the best hikes I’ve done. Definitely go to second lake as it doesn’t they much better than this kind of beauty.

It was really hard with all the snow. I wouldn't recommend sliding down any of the way back. I had a friend slide right into and tree in front of me then I ran into the tree. it was a hard walk down since he got hurt. the view was great. make sure to have the right shoes.

We completed this hike yesterday and absolutely loved it! Start at 1 pm and ended at 7 pm, inbetween stopped for views, pics and snacks.
- Drive up to the parking lot was 8 miles and very bumpy and rough, I had a 10+ year old car and drove very slow. Watch out for the potholes!
- Once you reach the parking lot, if you don't have the National Park Pass (which we didn't), at the start of the hike there is an envelope that you can drop $5 into and leave the receipt on the dashboard of your car.
- The initial part of the hike starts out flat which gave our body a nice warm up before the climb began. I consider this hike an intermediate one compared to some of the others I have done but there were still some steep areas that gave me quite a work out (higher up during the hike).
- I am happy I had my poles with me because the path is quite uneven with stones and rocks, the hiking poles kept me steady on my feet.
- We never were bored because there was so much beauty around us! Also delicious wild berries to eat along the way :)
- The top was slightly chilly and windy. Disappointed that Mt. Baker was not fully visible due to clouds but the view was still wonderful. No snow to worry about during the hike.
- For sure we'll be back next time to set up camp and enjoy the stars and mountains!

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1 month ago

Lots of huckleberries and bear cubs out this time of year! This trail features a lot of ups and downs as you pass through several groves and meadows, keeping the trail interesting! There is a short rock scramble when you get to the peak that's occupied by fire ants, so watch where you put your hands! We also encountered some Giant Hogweed on the trail, but it looked like someone had cut it back and it's now grown out again. We went around 3pm on a Wednesday and only passed by 5 other people, so it was nice and quiet!

beautiful alpine/woodsy trail, and if you go at the right time there are an endless amount of blueberries.

I'm new to hiking and not in the best shape but I did this trail a little slower than some with a puppy. Beautiful scenery, diverse terrain. Loved it!

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1 month ago

Very nice views. Lake is beautiful. The trail itself, while not physically difficult has many large rocks and tree trunks you need to jump over. Will be somewhat difficult with smaller children.

Beautiful!! Great hike, pretty views after the meadow. Seemed a lot longer then the posted mileage.

Even with the heavy smoke, this is an amazing hike! Super diverse and not very hard at all. Could have stayed in the meadows and the lookout all day long. Will definitely be back in early fall

2 months ago

Amazing view!! Worth to hike again!!

Great hike. Last 5 miles to the trailhead requires careful driving as the road is pretty basic. A little hazy today so visibility was just okay. Bring bug spray!

Such a great hike. The road was bumpy but just fine.
The trails has it all Forest, meadows, Waterfalls, Creeks, Small mountain lakes, and lots of wildlife.

watson lakes were great. anderson lake not so much. pretty buggy

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2 months ago

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.

Amazing hike however the road to get to the trail head is awful! SOOO many potholes and was really hard on our little rental car. Once you get to the trail head however it was a really good hike. Would Recommend.

We camped down the hill at boulder creek and decided to do this hike, it was well worth it and very pretty from the top, we had clear sky and amazing views of baker. On the way down my hiking partner fell and hurt her knee. When I stopped to preform first aid (road rash with rocks in the wound) multiple people came to offer help, which was pretty awesome to see. On our way down some hikers gave us some peanuts to feed some birds and we got to see a lot of dogs on the way down, so my injured partner still had a great time and both of us were shocked by all the friendly caring people on the trails that day. We both can’t wait to go back and explore some more up here. It sure is beautiful!

Wonder hike not to difficult. We did with three kids in about 1.5 hours one way and camped for one night. Found some great cliffs to jump off into really clear water.

I took a 4 yr old and a 6 yr old with down syndrome, they enjoyed the huckleberries, native plants and the streams for jumping. Awesome first hike for these boys!

One of the best hikes ever! Beautiful hike and warm lakes :) Too many bugs though...

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