Explore the most popular camping 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.

November 18, 2018:
Trail: 80-90% covered in well packed snow; microspikes highly recommended, other hikers were turning around, a couple were going for it without anything but it just makes life so much easier. Only passed a handful on the trail and we had the summit to ourselves around noon.
Road: The few hundred feet just before the trailhead is covered in a thin layer of snow/ice but we made it easily in a Jeep Cherokee. It will make for a sketchy drive when it refreezes each night, due to not all of it being rutted down to gravel.

***Please, stay off the switch back shortcuts because they are causing trail erosion!

We left the trailhead in the dark and still weren’t the first to arrive at the lookout. The guy there said we could share so it worked out great. Clear weather, didn’t even freeze at night. Watched sunset and sunrise and hiked to tarns and bell pass. Tons of day hikers came and went. The trail is boulders in a couple areas below, easy to cross the almost dry river. The twin Sisters range is amazing from up there. Trail got a bit steep when we were just about to the lookout. I’m 68, you can do it too. Mt Baker is my favorite anyway.

We lucked out with a perfect fall day to enjoy this spectacular hike. It was busy (not surprising as this is probably the last really nice weekend we will have for the year) but people and their dogs were all friendly and well-behaved (unlike at some other popular spots we have been).

Loved the variety of landscapes/scenery the entire way up and the views are hard to beat throughout. We enjoyed a lunch break at the tarns and saw a few people who set up camp alongside the water (noted for next time). As others have mentioned, the last 1/2 to 1 mile is challenging, but making it up to the lookout structure is worth it for truly panoramic views.

We arrived around 11am and found a mostly full parking lot, though still a few spots to park. Total we spent about 4-4.5 hours on the 7.5-8 mile round trip hike with about 20-30 minutes spent taking photos, enjoying lunch and the views, etc.. Definitely a challenging hike but well worth it!

30 days ago

Leg burning 8 mile out and back with Stunning open unobstructed up close views of Mount Baker glaciers. Surprised how Super crowded trail was on a mid October sunny weekend,
Epic glacier views and crowds rival Paradise on Mount Rainier and Bakers Artist Point over popularized PNW destinations.
At least a dozen off leash dogs made wildlife invisible.., when we finally reached the steep top of the ridge two different loose dogs made safety a concern while we were climbing on and off the precariously perched cliff top lookout. Should really make this trail dog free.

Beautiful mountain views the entire hike! Lots of steep switchbacks and definitely longer than 2.5 miles r/t. Our app showed approx 1,300' elevation gain. We also ended at the little maroon colored square at the end of the dotted line, not where All Trails has the trail ending at Sauk Mountain peak. Looked on our descent and did not see a trail going to the right. View from the trailhead is really pretty for those who don't choose to hike it.

Took us a half hour to get up the road in our 2WD van, but we made it to the trailhead just fine.

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.

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1 month ago

Great trail, about 3 or 3.5 mi round trip. relatively steep!

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

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.

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1 month ago

We hiked this today and it was absolutely stunning! The colors have all changed and we were surrounded by beauty the entire hike. We went in the afternoon which I highly recommend as we basically had the trail all to ourselves. As prior reviews have stated, the road to get to the trailhead is pretty iffy and I wouldn’t have attempted it without my SUV.

가는 길이 비포장도로 임. 그래도 멋짐

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!

Amazing! A must go hike.

Considerably easy and short. Beautiful views. Depending on vehicle, you may want to walk the last .5 mike to the trailhead.

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2 months ago

Beautiful and not very hard

Spectacular views the whole hike! We could even see Mt Baker today. The parking lot was nearly full when we arrived at 9:45. The drive to the trailhead is 7.5 miles. on a rough, narrow gravel road with many potholes. The potholes the last 1/4 mi. are huge, but we managed to make it in our Prius after watching some others navigate them first. There is a spot for 2 or 3 cars to park before the potholes. There is as pit toilet at the trailhead.
This is my favorite hike because of the sweeping views of the Cascades, river, and valley below. My Gaia app calculated this hike at 3.3 miles r.t.

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2 months ago

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!

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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3 months ago

This sunday I could not get to the parking lot on my Nissan. Last 1/4 mile road was too bad for the regular sedan.
In addition, could not see anything because of the smoke.
So, I don't recommend to visit this place till rains begin and the smoke goes away.

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

3 months ago

Amazing view!! Worth to hike again!!

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3 months ago

Evening hike up for epic wildflowers & eerie wildfire haze sunset- but remote wilderness summit experience completely ruined by fellow hikers using a drone circling summit ridge for over 30 minutes.
Inconsiderate of fellow trail users.
Don’t be a drone. Keep drones out of others wilderness experience.

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3 months ago

My wife and I went up for a quick sunset hike got to the top and someone was flying a drone. It totally ruin are experience. Show some respect people !

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.

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.

Fun hike! Brought my puppy! Unfortunately people need to pack out there dogs poo. No garbage which was nice. Lots of beautiful butterflies and flowers. Not much shade so hiking on an almost 90 degree day was a lil more challenging. I definitely would do this hike again.

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!

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3 months ago

Absolutely stunning . Trails can feel very narrow in the moments of high traffic but as long as everyone is respectful and responsible this trail is a breeze

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