Immerse yourself in this rainforest hike and experience this unique ecosystem. Accessible most of the year, this low-elevation hike takes you through stands of old growth trees, past beaver ponds teeming with wildlife and ends at Sulphide Creek and Camp. The deeply carved river valley engulfs you as the trail passes massive cedars and giant moss-covered boulders.
For the first .6 miles the trail is fully accessible to the scenic Baker River suspension bridge. This is the junction with the Baker Lake Trail 610 that follows the eastern shore of the lake south. Stay left past the bridge to continue on Baker River Trail, entering the North Cascades National Park in one mile. The trail travels through the park for another mile, ending at Sulphide Camp.
Be prepared for wet stream crossings during times of high runoff.
A National Park Service Backcountry Permit is required for overnight stays within North Cascades National Park. Obtain permits in person at National Park Service offices in Sedro-Woolley or Marblemount. Fishing in Baker River requires a Washington State fishing license.
Green Trails: Mt. Shuksan 14, Mt. Baker Wilderness Climbing 13S
Forest Service: Mt. Baker Ranger District and Mt. Baker Wilderness
USGS: Mt. Shuksan
From the Mt. Baker Ranger District office in Sedro-Woolley, WA follow State Route 20 east for 16 miles to milepost 82. Turn left (north) on the Baker Lake Highway (Forest Service Road 11). Continue on the Baker Lake Highway for 25.5 miles to the road's end at the trailhead and parking area.