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

Totally enjoyed a late Feb x country ski from the wintertime parking . After leaving the snow-shoe’rs and their big footprints behind the snow was untouched and the world was silent. Just a great day!

snowshoeing
2 months ago

...we were gifted with crystal clear blue skies all day long as we explored the area on our snowshoes, constantly in awe of the landscape , the imposing mass of Mt Baker and not to be out done , the glaciated face of Mt Shuksan...... it is incredibly quick and easy access from the ski hill into the open , back country.... and even tho there was a fair number of people exploring the area there was no escaping the " out there " , wild feel of it..... the only draw back was a rather tedious cross slope trail that proved cumbersome in snowshoes going from Artist Point up to the saddle where the trail branches off for Ptarmigan Ridge, but small potatoes compared to the sights that surrounded us. will definitely be back , ..and i must explore this area in the summer months !

We got about halfway up before getting into the snow. By about mile 4 the snow was up to our hips and we were all tuckered out. We would have gone farther if we'd had our snowshoes.

hiking
4 months ago

Went up in mid-October and conditions were excellent. We brought snowshoes but didn’t end up using them. I’m sure now you would need them. Some excellent switchbacks and beautiful (stunning!) views.

I did this hike on November 3,2017. The main road on baker is clean and easy to drive however, once you get off the main road and take the trail road it is not clear and there is a lot of snow. Must be confident driving backcountry in snow. I took my Subaru Outback and was okay taking it slow, 1 more foot of snow an I probably wouldn't make it to the trail head. Be prepared to snow shoe. I recommend snowshoes or it's going to be a grueling hike. Beautiful scenery! Must do in the summer as well.

hiking
6 months ago

Stunning!

hiking
6 months ago

Great view all the way. It started to snow and the trail was a bit slippery but generally good. The most jammed trail I’ve ever been.

Beautiful views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan and great opportunities to swim in any of the lakes. Started at Anderson Pass Parking lot and hiked the Wild Goose to Artist Point and did the trail clockwise, with a nice descent at the end.

hiking
6 months ago

For the full five stars you need to do another hike up at Baker, whether Table Mountain or another in the area. The terrain is incredible and one of the things that makes it so is the experience that one gets being in this are in the winter when there is 10 to 20 feet of snow that covers everything.

hiking
7 months ago

Great mid September hike. I did this hike clockwise from Artist Point parking lot. Nice gradual hike and the lakes were amazing. The hardest part was going up the snow goose trail back to the Artist Point parking lot. Can't wait to hike this again.

I started from Artist point on a Friday afternoon. It was a nice day and very crowded; there was even a parking lot attendant directing traffic and a ranger tent set up for questions. Artist Point itself was super scenic. Great place for tourists that want to walk around and see great scenery without having to work hard to see it. The chain lakes loop was easy to follow from Artist Point, but I turned around after reaching the last lake. Spent to much time taking pictures and eating wild huckleberries...

hiking
7 months ago

My daughter and I hike here over the weekend. It happened to be cloudy, windy, and rainy that particular day, so we didn't need to worry about the heat. We are dressed for the weather so it didn't bother us. We started at Artist Point and went clockwise around the loop. The first two miles were pretty easy overall and the trail was well marked. The trail is a little poorly marked as you make your way back up over the pass. We wandered off course a little but we reacquired the trail quickly.

My Garmin fenix 5 clocked the trip from Artist Point to Heather Meadows at 5.8 miles and another mile back to Artist Point along the Wild Goose Trail. (The total round trip was about 6.8 miles and a bit.) The last mile and 800 ft of vert was pretty rough after 5.7 miles of hiking in the rain.

I would def do this hike again on a clear day.

Up, up, up. The hike lives up to its name - Excelsior "ever upward". But so worth it at the top. 360 degree views including Mt. Baker.

hiking
7 months ago

Definitely a workout! We parked at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead parking lot and walked the trail counterclockwise. Be sure and take more water than you think you'll need.

hiking
7 months ago

Difficult. Bring plenty of water. Scenic.

This is an amazingly beautiful hike! Started at Heather Meadows and went counterclockwise. The climb up to Herman's saddle is the toughest part of the hike (especially on a hot 80+ day like yesterday 9/2/17) All the lake and mountain views that followed made it worth it. The rest of the hike is more moderate. Rocky, narrow trail with steep drop off in places, and very small snow fields to cross.

backpacking
7 months ago

Really beautiful hike. Enjoyed the burn as well!

hiking
8 months ago

High Pass trail is located at the same trailhead as Winchester Mountain Lookout. Personally I think this trail was way more impressive. It descends down and around Winchester Mountain through beautiful wildflowers. Then you hit switch-backs that take you up towards Mt. Larrabee (visible from Winchester Mountain Lookout). The final stretch of this hike is tough but the 360 degree views at the top are STUNNING!!!

Overall both hikes combined came to about 12 miles so be ready for a long day if you plan on hiking both trails. Afterwards spend some time at Twin Lakes!

Note: the road to this trailhead is not maintained past Yellow Aster Butte trailhead and you will need a high clearance vehicle to get there.

Gorgeous all the way view, relative easy trail for everyone to enjoy. Clock counter wise is recommended for less vertical climbing.

This is our 4th hike up Excelsior Pass in the past eight weeks ... moving higher as snow disappeared. Yesterday we made it to the Peak. Beautiful and few bugs.

Moderately difficult hike. Snow on the trail even though it was hot. Smoke from BC wildfires made Mt. Baker appear ghostly. Beautiful hike with many wildflowers in bloom.

hiking
8 months ago

Trail is in good condition and no snow even on the last scramble.

All Trails and WTA list both the distance and elevation change different from one another. Be prepared for 11 mile round trip with 4000 feet of elevation change if you want to finish this trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Good climbing trail, a cardio builder. Took us around two hours 15 minutes to high divide. As far as climbing trails go, not too shabby.

Spectacular.

hiking
8 months ago

Incredible views, too many peaks and waterfalls to count. Black flies were a bother, but well worth the trip. Excellent day hike, strenuous but a gradual gain for the first part of the trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful views and not too crowded. Highly recommend.

hiking
9 months ago

I wanted to head up to Mt Baker for a mid week hike and I called the Galcier Service Center and said I was looking for a tough hike with no special gear required that would take me to a high elevation. This hike was a perfect match. YOU HAVE TO GO ALL THE WAY UP THOUGH! Apparently the maintained trail ends at about 5100' and its a great view. The hike is mostly in a nice forest with a very nice trail. Then you pop out and start to see the sky. This section is really overgrown and if there happens to be any rain you will be soaked just from the contact of the brush. The hike to this point is about three out of five starts. For that five start experience you should continue to the top, which you think you might see but its actually hiding just behind that peak.

After the maintained trail ends there is some snow on the trail but where its flat and the trail is easy to find. Out footprints going were already hard to see on the return down. After about 15 minutes of hiking from the 5100' level the trail takes you into a valley and there is a crossing where there is a small section of no snow to cross, even though we did cross where there was snow. There are a few switchbacks then the trail goes straight up to the left side of the ridge that you can see. On this ridge you now see Yellow Aster Butte and Winchester Mountain. There are total 360 degree views. Once you reach this ridge its just a casual walk compared to what you just climbed to the summit.

In about 20 minutes you will be on the top of Goat Mountain. This part if very flat and a great place to relax.

Overall, all you need is water, sunblock and poles and some confidence to make this hike a great journey. I think it took about four hours up with a stop for lunch and photos and about three hours down for a total of seven hours RT. This hike has some incredible photo opportunities so make sure you dont miss anything.

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