Skyline Divide Trail #678

  

Mt. Baker

This is one of the most popular hikes on the Mt. Baker Ranger District. From the trailhead you will climb steadily for two miles through forest into Mt. Baker Wilderness and lush, open, flower filled meadows with stellar views of glacier-draped Mt. Baker. The trail wanders along Skyline Divide for another 1.5 miles, offering views of rivers, forests and countless peaks. An unmaintained boot path, recommended for experienced hikers, continues on to follow Chowder Ridge. Flowers and biting insects are abundant in July and August. The bugs abate in September, and the foliage begins to change into fall hues. Carry drinking water, as there is none available along the trail except in early summer when enough snow remains to melt for water.

At a Glance

Open Season: Summer - Fall
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer - Fall
Restrictions: Open to hikers and llamas year round. Open to stock Aug. 1-Oct. 31. No campfires. Wilderness regulations apply, including a maximum party size of 12.
Closest Towns: Glacier, Washington
Water: No potable water.
Restroom: Vault toilet at trailhead. Pack out human waste using blue bags or another system.
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Skyline Divide Trailhead.
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Mt. Baker Ranger District office or Glacier Public Service Center

General Information

Directions:

From Glacier travel east on The Mt. Baker Highway 542 for approximately 1 mile past the Glacier Public Service Center to Glacier Creek Road #39. Turn right onto Road #39, then take an immediate left onto Deadhorse Road #37. Travel 12.7 miles to the trailhead and parking area located at the end of the road.


General Notes:

Black bears frequent the area. Food and scented items need to be stored in a secure manner.

Maps:
• Green Trails: Mt. Baker #13
• USGS: Mount Baker, Bearpaw Mountain
• USFS: Mt. Baker Ranger District and Mt. Baker Wilderness.
 


Parking:

Parking for 20 vehicles with room for stock trailers.


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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
  3.5 miles one-way.
  Latitude : 
48.880833
  Longitude : 
-121.863333
  Elevation : 
4,400 feet at trailhead.