The trail is unmarked and is not maintained on a regular basis. It is a very steep, arduous route that gains 1700 feet the first mile, at times reaching grades of 60%.

Fishermen heading to Shuksan Lake (3694 feet) are the most frequent users of the trail. It begins in an old clear-cut and climbs steeply for one mile to a narrow ridge. At 4600 feet, the trail tops the ridge and offers views of Mt. Shuksan's Sulphide Glacier and Crystal Glacier.

The trail then drops down to Little Shuksan Lake where sites are available for camping.

Continue on the fisherman's trail for a difficult scramble 900 feet down to 28-acre Shuksan Lake.

At a Glance

Permit Info:
  • Fishing in Shuksan Lake requires a Washington State fishing license.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Spring through Fall
Water: Treat all drinking water.
Passes: No recreation pass required. Trail Not Maintained.
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Mt. Baker Ranger District, Sedro Woolley Office at 360-856-5700.

General Information


From the Mt. Baker Ranger District office in Sedro-Woolley, WA follow State Route 20 east for 17.0 miles to milepost 82. Turn left (north) on the Baker Lake Highway (Forest Service Road 11). Continue on the Baker Lake Highway (FS road 11) for 24.0 miles past the Shannon Creek Campground to the junction of Forest Service Road 1160.

Park safely on the side of Baker Lake Road. Road 1160 is closed and not drivable, due to washout. The unmaintained road is 4.7 miles. The unmaintained trail begins at the end of the road.

General Notes:


  • Green Trails: Mt. Shuksan #14
  • USGS: Mt. Shuksan


Parking and turnaround space is limited; please use caution and do not block turnaround.



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  Elevation : 
2900 feet