Explore the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and discover nature on a personal level. We have a little of everything to accommodate the most experienced outdoor enthusiast to the beginning hiker. The forest offers year-round recreational possibilities as well as educational opportunities. Tour the forest, visit one our lakes or rivers, go fishing, river rafting, bird watching, or for a change of pace try snowshoeing or skiing. Whatever your interests may be, the forest will amaze you. Before you go, check weather, road and trail conditions by visiting or by calling the closest ranger station or visitor center.
Campers can go anywhere in the National Forest outside of a designated campground not posted as closed. Chose a campsite on bare or compacted soil when possible, or areas that have already been established. Avoid alpine meadows. For the best information on dispersed camping opportunities, please contact the ranger district offices.
Campers are subject to the following restrictions:
Do not blaze new roads to campsites or cut, harm vegetation or construct a trail.
Do not drive beyond constructed physical barriers, such as berms or gates.
Do not drive through streams or wetlands to access a camp.
Use proper precautions when building campfires.
Pack out trash and dispose of human waste properly.
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Areas for Dispersed Camping at Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
North Cascades Mountains are often referred as the “American Alps” by professional climbers for their massive glaciated volcanoes that span across the range. Because of its rugged approaches, exceptional alpine terrain, and unrivaled scenery, it is a premiere training ground for climbers.
Areas for Mountain Climbing at Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
All vehicles operated on national forest system roads must be street legal in accordance with Washington State laws, be registered and have license plates, insurance, turn signals, taillights and headlights. Off-road vehicles such as quads, dirt bikes, three-wheelers, tracked vehicles or snowmobiles are not considered street-legal. The Forest Service Code of Federal Regulations prohibits off-road vehicles on national forest system roads, through the forest, or from damaging vegetation. Violators can fined be up to $5,000 and sentenced up to six months in jail and held liable for any damages caused to vegetation, roads, trails and any other property.
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Areas for OHV Trail Riding at Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
You can target shoot on national forest lands unless a specific area has been closed to the activity because it jeopardizes public safety. Information about closures is available at each district office. When target shooting, Forest Service regulations prohibit discharging a firearm:
In or within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site or occupied area,
Across or on roads or bodies of water, or where people or property are exposed to injury or damage,
Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both (16 U.S.C. 551, 18 U.S.C. 3559 and 3571).
Areas for Visitor Programs at Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest