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Results List

77 Hikes
Chain Lakes Loop

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1820 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(46 votes)
This gorgeous loop hike has it all: big views of Mounts Baker and Shuksan, as well as the North Cascades, alpine lakes for swimming, and well-maintained trail winding through meadows and heather. And with wildflowers in spring, blueberry bushes for trail-side snacking in late summer and blazing color in the fall, you can't pick a bad season to visit.
 
 
Swift Creek

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 3930.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Part of the scenic Pacific Northwest Trail, rugged 8-mile Swift Creek Trail accesses the Mount Baker Wilderness.
 
 
Hannegan Pass and Peak

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 6200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.42
(26 votes)
The wide-open trail to Hannegan Pass and Hannegan Peak offers spectacular mountain views, glorious alpine wildflowers, waterfalls and glaciers. Choose to hike to 5050 foot Hannegan Pass (about 8 miles roundtrip) or press on to the 6200 foot summit of Hannegan Peak -- 10.6 miles roundtrip.
 
 
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.
 
 
Boundary Way

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1458 ft.
Highest Point: 5658.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
Put your navigational skills to the test! This unmaintained trail just off Damfino Lakes trail may be brushy, but if you can find your way to Boundary Way, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views into Canada and the epic North Cascades.
 
 
Excelsior Peak via Damfino Lakes Trail

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5699.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(11 votes)
Disregarding the apocryphal stories about their name, the Damfino Lakes are noteworthy only to distinguish this route from two other routes. The lakes pale in comparison to these magnificent destinations: Excelsior Pass, the High Divide, and Excelsior Peak.
 
 
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.
 
 
Yellow Aster Butte

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2550 ft.
Highest Point: 6150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.43
(61 votes)
Campfires are not allowed in this area.
Find supreme wildflower gardens and a high-country plateau speckled with shimmering tarns-but that's not all. Spectacular alpine vistas abound too-of Baker, Shuksan, and all those rugged and craggy peaks straddling the 49th parallel. Yellow Aster Butte may be a misnomer (those yellow-petaled delights are actually daisies), but you definitely don't want to miss hiking here.
 
 
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.
 
 
Ptarmigan Ridge

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 6100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.48
(31 votes)
Rarely can hikers approach a climbers’ realm so easily, with minimal elevation gain, and enjoy beautiful views all along the way.
 
 
Table Mountain

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 725 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(13 votes)
Table Mountain trail offers a variety of nice views, and opportunities to get away from the parking lot crowds at Artist Point. But heed the cautions before you set out.
 
 
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.
 
 
Artist Ridge - Huntoon Point

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 5150.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(12 votes)
This spectacular, short trail gets lots of love during its short hiking season. Accessible for less than three months each year, hordes of hikers and tourists take to it as the snow finally begins to melt.
 
 
Winchester Mountain

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 6521.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(27 votes)
The trail up to Winchester Mountain is less than two miles long and only 1300 feet of elevation gain, with access to a lookout at 6500 feet with outstanding 360 degree views. What’s the catch? The road.
 
 
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)
Trail closed 8/18/21: The northern portion of this trail between the Copper Ridge Lookout and the Chilliwack River Trail is closed due to a wildfire.
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)
Trail Closed 8/18/21: This trail is closed from the junction with the Brush Creek Trail to its northern terminus due to a wildfire.
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.
 
 
Copper Ridge Loop

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
34.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 8600 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.38
(13 votes)
Trail Closed 8/18/21: The northern portion of this loop is closed due to a wildfire.
Experience the variety offered by the North Cascades: high mountain ridges with spectacular views, a remote river valley, and even a self-propelled cable car river crossing. Popular side trips include Hannegan Peak and Whatcom Pass.
 
 
Mount Shuksan

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
Highest Point: 9127.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
 
 
Mount Ann

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
10.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A scramble up a mountain near Lake Ann. Climbing experience and equipment required.
 
 
Lake Ann (Mount Baker Highway)

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.27
(26 votes)
Enjoy up-close, breathtaking views of Mount Shuksan’s west face, along with views of Fisher Chimney, the upper and lower Curtis Glacier, as well as Mount Baker from the trail to Lake Ann. The lake in a rocky basin, in the midst of this spectacular scenery. On some days you can hear ice echoing through the valley as it crashes down the face of Mount Shuksan. This is a late season hike, as snow can linger here into August.
 
 
Fire and Ice Trail

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 4400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
The Fire and Ice trail is the Mount Baker area's premiere interpretive trail, telling the story of how glaciers and volcanoes shaped this impressive place.
 
 
Artist Point Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.48
(23 votes)
Artist Point is the top competitor for best viewpoint in the state. The beautifully shaped Mount Shuksan is the star of the area, with a gorgeous summit pyramid and several impressive glaciers. This relatively easy snowshoe is an excellent winter destination with a virtual guarantee of good snow coverage.
 
 
Wild Goose

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
Hike from the Artist Point parking area to the Heather Meadows Visitor Center and back. With 1,100 feet of elevation gain, you'll have a great thigh workout. Combine Wild Goose with many of the other short trails in the area to make a full day of exploration, or use the Wild Goose trail to access Swift Creek or Lake Ann.
 
 
Mazama Park via Ridley Creek

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
Hike a trail that WTA is helping restore. The Ridley Creek trail provides access to scenic Mazama Park and views of Mount Baker.
 
 
Excelsior Pass via Nooksack River

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.77
(13 votes)
This trail is a staircase of switchbacks that march ever upward through thick forest to deliver hikers to an iconic ridge walk in the North Cascades.
 
 
Skyline Divide

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 6563.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.59
(59 votes)
The Skyline Divide is a 6000-foot-high ridgeline extension of Mount Baker that transforms itself into a summertime paradise of unrivaled mountain views and unending wildflower fields, a trail that deposits you just 3.5 miles from the summit itself.
 
 
Park Butte

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2200 ft.
Highest Point: 5450.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.55
(67 votes)
Hikers must pack out their waste on this trail and dispose of it in the receptacles at the trailhead
On Park Butte, hike to an historic fire lookout and come face-to-face with Koma Kulshan. Along with unobstructed panoramic views of Mount Baker, the Twin Sisters, and the rest of the North Cascades, the route to Park Butte offers dedicated campsites, wildflower-filled alpine meadows, rushing waterfalls, and a stunning variety of mushroom species.
 
 
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.
 
 
Heliotrope Ridge

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 5100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(46 votes)
If you'd like nose-to-nose access to Mount Baker, this first-rate woodsy walk delivers. Over a relatively short, well-maintained trail with mild elevation gain, you can be glacier-side in no time... if the creek crossings allow.