Scott Paul Trail 603.1

  

This trail, formerly known as the Sulphur Moraine Trail, was rebuilt and extended in the mid-1990s to connect with Park Butte Trail on the east and west ends, forming a delightful 7.5-mile loop. The trail was renamed in memory of Scott Paul, a Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest trails and wilderness coordinator who died in 1993. The Scott Paul trail is within Mt. Baker National Recreation Area.

The Scott Paul Trail is used by climbers attempting to summit Mt. Baker via the Squak Glacier. Climbers are highly encouraged to sign the climbers' register at the Mt Baker Ranger District office in Sedro-Woolley before heading into the backcountry.

Begin at the Park Butte Trailhead 603 and look for the Scott Paul Trail junction about 100 feet down the trail on the right. Start climbing gently through the forest for two miles and reach the highest elevation of 4,700 feet with a rewarding view of Mt. Shuksan and other Cascade peaks. The trail contours around the base of Mt. Baker, winding through rock gardens, meadows and glacial moraines, offering glimpses into the volcano`s historical activity. Continue on to experience magnificent views of Mt. Baker and cross Rocky Creek on a suspension bridge in place between July and October.

In 5.5 miles, the trail intersects the Park Butte Trail. Turn right to Morovitz Meadow and the Railroad Grade Trail and Park Butte Lookout. Choose the left fork on the Park Butte Trail to descend to the trailhead in two miles. About one mile from the trailhead, cross Rocky Creek again. The crossing has no bridge and can be challenging during periods of heavy runoff.

Washington Trails Association

At a Glance

Permit Info: Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required November 1 through April 30 at park Butte Trailhead.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Sumer / Fall
Restrictions:
  • Hiker only.
  • Mt Baker National Recreation Area regulations apply:
    • No campfires.
    • Camping is prohibited along the Scott Paul Trail. Camping is allowed in designated sites along the Railroad Grade and Bell Pass Trails. Camping on durable surfaces above 6,000 feet elevation.
    • Passenger vehicles are prohibited from parking in the stock vehicle parking area at the Park Butte Trailhead Aug. 1– Oct. 31.
    • Mt. Baker National Recreation Area is open to snowmobiles when snow depth at the trailhead is at least 24 inches. Other motorized vehicles and bicycles are not permitted.
Water: Treat all water
Restroom: Vault at trailhead, none along trail. Use approved method to pack out solid human waste.
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required May 1 through October 31 at Park Butte Trailhead.
Information Center: Check current conditionsor call Mt. Baker Ranger District, Sedro Woolley office at 360-856-5700, extension 515.

General Information

Directions:

From the Mount Baker Ranger District office in Sedro-Woolley, follow State Route 20 east for 16 miles to milepost 82. Turn left (north) on the Baker Lake Highway (Forest Service Road #11). At 12 miles, turn left on Forest Service Road #12. Travel 3.6 miles to the junction of Forest Service Road #13. Stay to right and follow Road #13 for 5.3 miles. The trailhead is located at the end of Road #13. 


General Notes:

One-night campsites are available at the trailhead for hikers and stock. A toilet, loading ramp and hitching rails are at the parking area.

Maps:

  • Green Trails: Hamilton 45, Mt. Baker Wilderness Climbing 13S
  • Forest Service:  Mt. Baker Ranger District and Mt. Baker Wilderness
  • USGS: Baker Pass

Parking:

Passenger vehicles are prohibited from parking in the stock vehicle parking area from August 1 - October 31.


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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
  5.5 miles one-way or 7.5 mile loop using Park Butte Trail
  Latitude : 
48.706943
  Longitude : 
-121.812608
  Elevation : 
3300 feet