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Results List

77 Hikes
Copper Ridge

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
13.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
The Copper Ridge Trail forms part of the popular and iconic Copper Ridge Loop. The trail climbs to a ridge with stunning views before dropping down to the Chilliwack River Valley.
 
 
Chilliwack River

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
17.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 2365 ft.
Highest Point: 4440.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
The Chilliwack River Trail is an important part of the Copper Ridge Loop and is also part of the traverse between Hannegan Pass and Ross Lake via a connection with the Little Beaver Trail.
 
 
Bearpaw Mountain Lake

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Bearpaw Lake is a small fishing lake near the Damfino Lakes Trail, which is the shortest route to the exquisite High Divide.
 
 
Church Lake

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
 
This hiker-only route is not an official trail It is a user-built route, and so is a rough and rugged climb. The way is often overgrown and the road to access the trailhead requires a high-clearance car.
 
 
Church Mountain

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3750 ft.
Highest Point: 6100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.34
(29 votes)
The rewards for this strenuous hike are a bouquet of fall colors and a vast panorama of North Cascades mountains.
 
 
Baker Lake - Maple Grove

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(14 votes)
Magnificent old growth forests, stellar views of Mount Baker, turbulent tributaries, and, of course, a beautiful lake make this trail a great path to travel.
 
 
Nooksack Cirque

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 640 ft.
Highest Point: 2840.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(8 votes)
This unique, low-elevation hike follows the North Fork Nooksack River to spectacular scenery near the base of Mount Shuksan. This is a great late summer or early fall hike when Ruth Creek is low enough to ford. Keep in mind the limited maintenance this trail sees -- you may be in for a brushbash.
 
 
Elbow Lake

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
7.8.20 Road Closed: This trailhead is inaccessible from the southern approach due to a washed out bridge on Forest Road 12 one mile past its junction with Forest Road 13.
Above the banks of the South Fork Nooksack lies Pioneer Camp and the trailhead for the Elbow Lake Trail. Climb gently the first two miles through mature, mid-elevation forest to the Bell Pass Trail junction, a little used route to Mazama Park, or continue another mile to access the remote beauty of Elbow Lake. Large, ancient yellow cedars can be found on the north side of the lake as the trail continues to wind towards the Middle Fork Nooksack.
 
 
Granite Mountain (Mount Baker)

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A summit scramble near Hannegan Pass in the North Cascades. Route finding experience required.
 
 
Railroad Grade

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.16
(25 votes)
This popular route for summitting Mount Baker is also a brilliant summer wildflower hiking destination.
 
 
Welcome Pass

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(14 votes)
Providing access to the gorgeous views along the High Divide, Welcome Pass is a nice option for those looking for a workout. Count the 66 switchbacks from the trailhead to the pass at 5,200 feet.
 
 
Picture Lake

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.11
(9 votes)
Follow a short, ADA-accessible path around Picture Lake, home to one of the most photographed vistas in America. Featuring a backdrop of craggy Mount Shuksan and a foreground of wilflowers ringing a sparkling lake in summer, Picture Lake is pretty as, well, a picture.
 
 
Silesia Creek

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2680 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
This is a lightly used trail located at the end of the Twin Lakes Road. Finding solitude is not a problem on this seldom used trail. Check out this hike for a break from the crowds at Winchester Lookout and Twin Lakes.
 
 
White Salmon Road Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 485 ft.
Highest Point: 3500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Snowshoe or cross-country ski on this road just below the Mount Baker Ski Area.
 
 
Schriebers Meadow Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
On the flanks of Mount Baker’s south side, Schriebers Meadow makes for a delightful snowshoe excursion, either for a daytrip or an overnight experience.
 
 
Salmon Ridge Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
With gentle terrain, easy river access and views of snow-laden peaks, this narrow river valley is an inviting snowshoe destination, especially for beginners.
 
 
Scott Paul Trail

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.94
(16 votes)
A loop hike to the base of Mount Baker or a rugged alternate route to Park Butte: take your pick. Along the way, soak in sweeping views of the North Cascades, gaze at Koma Kulshan’s glistening glaciers, munch on an inexhaustible supply of berries, and marvel at old-growth western hemlock forest.
 
 
Mount Baker

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
Highest Point: 10778.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
 
The dominant feature in the North Cascades is Mount Baker, a glaciated volcano that can be seen on clear days from as far as Seattle and makes a great backdrop for photos of Vancouver, BC. Many hiking trails follow the ridges around Mount Baker and offer stunning views of the summit. Climbing to the summit is done mainly via the Coleman and Easton glaciers and requires technical expertise with high-altitude snow and ice.
 
 
High Pass

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 765 ft.
Highest Point: 5965.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
Discover views similar to Winchester Mountain and hike this seldom-traveled trail with views of Mount Larabee and increased chances of encountering wildlife.
 
 
Dock Butte

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.07
(14 votes)
7.8.20 Road Closed: This trailhead is inaccessible due to a washed out bridge on Forest Road 12 one mile past its junction with Forest Road 13.
Dock Butte boasts sweeping views of Mount Baker, Baker Lake, and several prominent peaks in the North Cascades and Olympic Peninsula. It is a great option for beginner hikers looking to up their hiking game as well as those looking for exceptional mountain views without the mileage and time commitment of a longer hike.
 
 
Blue Lake

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
1.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3984.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.06
(16 votes)
7.8.20 Road Closed: This trailhead is inaccessible due to a washed out bridge on Forest Road 12 one mile past its junction with Forest Road 13.
One of several Blue Lakes in Washington State, this Blue Lake lies about four and a half miles south of Mount Baker and requires less than a mile of hiking to reach it. Its translucent blue-green colors peek out beneath the shadows of a sheer rock wall partially encircling the lake, a reward for conquering the somewhat eroded and rooty trail that leads to it. Families, anglers, and hikers looking to experience a pretty subalpine lake will enjoy this short, yet memorable hike.
 
 
Tomyhoi Lake

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.38
(8 votes)
Gold Run Pass is a great picture spot and awesome lunch rest area. Also, about a quarter mile from the pass there is a new trail over to Yellow Aster Butte.
 
 
Tomyhoi Peak

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(8 votes)
 
A peak accessible from a climber's path branching off the Yellow Aster Butte or Tomyhoi Lake trail.
 
 
High Divide Trail

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
11.2 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 5930.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
The High Divide Trail is popular because of its long ridge ramble through alpine meadows and its sweeping views of the North Cascades.
 
 
Nooksack Falls

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
0.1 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
This short trail leads to an observation area overlooking the waterfall on the North Fork Nooksack River.
 
 
Maple Creek Loop Trail

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Maple Creek Park is a 73-acre Whatcom County Park sitting just outside the town of Maple Falls. It contains a section of the developing Bay to Baker Trail, as well as a 1.4 mile-long loop trail. Along the loop are several junctions, none of them marked. To keep on the main loop, the hike is best done counterclockwise.
 
 
Han Peak

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
Gain: 5681 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A class 3-4 scramble up a peak above Lake Ann in the North Cascades. Climbing and route-finding experience and climbing gear required.
 
 
Edfro Creek Preserve

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
This quiet little forested walk near Acme offers lush greenery, plenty of wildlife to spot, and a nice, newly-maintained trail to enjoy a half-day hike.
 
 
Coleman Pinnacle

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
A summit 5 miles into the Ptarmigan Ridge Traverse. Class 2 or 3 scramble -- equipment and expertise required.
 
 
Coal Pass Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 4500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
Following a series of winding, snow-covered forest roads, the route to Coal Pass culminates in sweeping views of Mount Baker’s glaciated northwest flank.