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

July 12th, 2018: Excellent hike! The road to the trailhead was totally clear of snow and debris, though quite covered with potholes. The trail is a steady moderate climb with several stream crossings for roughly the first two miles, then breaks the tree line shortly after there is a fork for hikers and climbers. The hiking trail from here on out is more steep with lots of scree to keep things interesting. We were able to reach just below the highest point on the ridge but didn’t make the last 100 feet or so due to some residual snow. Wonderful view of the glacier, the valley below, and the surrounding mountains. Weather was perfectly warm and there was little wind, even at the top. A great hike that I’ll hopefully do again soon!

First the road is not that bad. I’m sure in spring it’s a mess. It after mid June this road is very passable for all vehicles just watch for potholes etc. The trail itself is not hard. I am an asthmatic with no right ACL and this trail didn’t pose a problem for me. What makes it hard is the immediate climb after the first bridge crossing followed by switchbacks that last until the first water crossing. There are 4 of them by the way, well at least this year so far as it was a heavy snow year. The last two are the more dangerous ones. I found that if you walk a little mower along the bank you will find a shallower manageable pool. There are a lot of vistas but wow! Is all I have to say when you get to the glacier. I was fortunate I had a blue sky day and Mt. Baker was amazing as was the glacier. This trail does split just below the fourth crossing to the right is the climbers route for the Baker summit and to the left is the overlook.

Con... this hike is rated at 5.5 miles out and back. Wrong!!! Try closer to 7 miles.

Great trail. The 1st mile is easy going with places to stop along the river. After that the trail narrows and has a number of very short but steep up&down sections. It was raining pretty good this morning and the trail was becoming very slippery on the inclines. Turned around about 2 miles in due to not wanting to slip & fall because of the muddy conditions. Plan to return on a sunny day to go all the way to the end & do some photography. Spectacular beauty along this river trail.

Gorgeous views, but very steep at times. Only recommended for the sure-footed.

Great hike! Stream crossings are exciting and can be hazardous, trekking poles are very helpful. In the end, you are rewarded with the most amazing glacier view!

hiking
16 days ago

Great views!

amazing hike, be prepared for a lot of snow crossings, and pay before you drive up the rather crazy rough entrance road (cars not recommended). also, at the first bridge section you will have to cross a massive fallen tree from the last storm

Parked 2 miles from the trail head due to snow covering the road in some portions. The hike up the road wasn't too bad because of the views you get of Baker Lake. Blue lake was frozen over 90 percent of the way. There was a beautiful waterfall flowing very heavy down the mountain into the lake that made the hike well worth it to trudge through the snow. Overall a good hike if you're adventurous.

Beautiful hike with several stream and snow crossings. Did not make it to the end as the trail was sun covered and we couldn’t locate it past where we stopped. Fun hike. Definitely hiking shoes and poles. Road to trail is paved for most of the way with potholes. Lots of climbers on the trail

Not bad, but super steep. Not recommend for small kids or elderly.

This is an absolutely beautiful, short, family friendly hike. The trail is unmarked and fairly small at the opening, but it is quite clear and was easy to find the correct path to the waterfall. The area is also use for lots of mountain biking so there are multiple other trail options though from the sound of rushing water it was clear which direction we needed to go. As you reach the top of the Falls area there's a trail that leads down below that would be rated as moderate. It is fairly steep with sliding sand, but completely manageable. The Falls were absolutely gorgeous and very much worth the short hike in!! At the bottom of the large falls there is quite a large pool and it turns into a smaller flow below that is easily cross to the other side. lots of places to cool down if the spray from the waterfall isn't enough!

Directions: Highways 542 and 9 in Deming. Proceed another 2.3 miles east on Highway 542 to Mosquito Lake Road and turn right. In just under a mile, after crossing the Nooksack River, turn left on North Fork Road. Drive this route for 4 1/4 miles to the bridge over Racehorse Creek. Continue another half mile to the top of the hill and park where the road bends to the left. Find the unmarked but obvious trail here. (directions from waterfallsnorthwest.com)

To make it to the top of Baker, be trained in standard mountaineering practices: crevasse rescue, self arrest and be roped in to an experienced team. This is not a technical climb but it can be dangerous because of crevasses and avalanche risk. Use a guide service if you don’t have experience.

1 month ago

Gorgeous hike to Base Camp with the Summit coming in and out of view of the clouds. 3 hours up starting at 9am, 2 hours glissading/ hiking down. Have boots and poles for sure for the sleep hike up the snow. The river crossing wasn’t too bad but snow bridges look a little sketchy. Some fallen trees but clear paths around them. Muddy and snow slushy at parts. Maybe 20 cars in the lot. Partially paved partially gravel road with potholes.

May 27, 2018. Spectacular 360 view of Washington and Canada. It’s a challenging climb, but worth every bit of the effort required to get to the summit. We were lucky to arrive on the first day vehicles could reach the trailhead which was a plus. Mountaineering gear for glacier safety is highly recommended. While it’s possible to summit in 1 day, I would highly recommend making it an enjoyable 2 day excursion. For those planning 2 days, there are two excellent options for setting up base camp.

Hiked on May 12th snow was pretty sloppy as we had a lot of hot weather. Over all hike was a blast with beautiful views. I made a video along the way check it out for more in depth information about the hike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDJzVpyON7c

Be safe out there, NW Adventures

Great hike, if you are trying to reach the top then you definitely need boots with traction for the snow. I recommend walking poles, expect it to be a bit chilly and windy. Steep climb but do it on a day where it's nice and sunny.

backpacking
1 month ago

A beautiful view awaits you at the end. I couldn't stop taking pictures! Can get windy, so dress warm.

Good early season conditions right now. Snow was mostly solid. Snowshoed the whole way. Crampons could be useful for the final push, but not necessary if you have good traction on your snow shoes.

Followed the directions (using Google Maps) to get to the trail head on April 22, 2018. No success! The end of Canyon Road takes you to a private residence.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is short but the falls are worth the lack of distance. There is a fair amount to explore around the falls as well.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a super intense hike, lots of rushing glacial river crossings and loose rocks. But it's beautiful! So much fun!

walking
5 months ago

This is an very beautiful trail! There are stunning views of the Nooksack River almost constantly and the trail seems to go on forever. It's very picturesque, I would highly recommend it to photographers.

very cool trail. I went in January and the water seemed quite high, it was beautiful.

Three starts for seasonal weather, great trail, tons of snow. Had to park 2.5 miles from trial head. Trail completely covered in up to 2 feet of snow. Not an easy hike in November. Great challenge and a ton of fun. Will hike again this summer. Pro tip: bring chains, snowshoes, and a GPS.

A little slippery in spots but beautiful along the river. Some trees across trail near the end but we managed to climb over/around.

It was a great day. There was about 6 inches of snow at the top less at the bottom. The creeks/ streams easy to cross with all the snow. Brought microspikes but didn't need them. My friend used it but she lost one pair

hiking
9 months ago

Oct 6: road up to trailhead is fine, a car should be able to make it if they just avoid the few big potholes.

The trail itself is just moderate difficulty until you hit the last stream crossing. Today the stream wasnt large but rock hopping was too treacherous since so many rocks were covered with ice. We found a shallow section and walked through it.

After the stream it gets more difficult with the last little bit up to the ridge being almost a scramble. Certainly worth it as you get a great view of the glacier and can even hear it crack.

We saw no significant wildlife though im told there are often mountain goats around and there was goat poopies near the top. Also saw a pile of feathers where im sure some bird became a meal.

Loved this trail!! Brought sandals to cross the last stream as the water was running fast and we could not find a path to cross on rocks. The hike was overall pretty easy other than the last water crossing!

hiking
10 months ago

Next to Kendall Katwalk on Snoqualmie Pass, this was my absolute favorite trail to date. An incredible trail takes you up a long incline through heavy canopy for about a mile, then across several water crossings (the first, a trickle, the next three moderate), and switchbacks, where at 2.4 miles, you can choose between the opportunity to view Coleman Glacier up close (and traverse a difficult water crossing), or turn right and head upwards onto the "climber's path", a 600 foot near vertical climb across 0.4 miles to the ridge. At the halfway point of the climber trail, the view of Baker, it's glaciers, moraines, and a panorama at near 5,500 feet is breathtaking. Do NOT miss this very popular and utterly worthwhile trail if you are in the Mount Baker area!!

Love this hike! You have to ford/cross several rivers which is really cold and also very nice. At the end is a very nice glacier! You are all probably thinking "so it's a boring glacier, who cares" but it is totally awesome and is even bluer than in the pictures!!! Very pretty, and very very cold. Excellent hike.

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