The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is Urging Visitors to Park ONLY in Designated Spots

Safety concerns are raised as road side parking regularly restricts emergency vehicle access

EVERETT, Wa., August 8th, 2019 – The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is experiencing high 
visitor use during the summer season at many of our popular trails. On a typical weekend morning, 
the majority of these trailhead parking areas become overcrowded shortly after sunrise.

The Forest urges users to not park in undesignated spots and along Forest roads. Parking outside of 
designated parking areas inhibits emergency vehicle access to locations where immediate aid can be 
needed. It can take a very long time for help to arrive during a Forest emergency. It takes an 
especially long time when cars lining Forest Roads block access for ambulances and fire en-


Given that many of your favorite trails may not have parking available, please consider choosing 
several less popular alternative hikes if trailhead parking lots become full.  By contacting your 
local ranger station, you can gather information on which hikes still provide great outdoor 
experiences, more solitude, and won’t create a safety hazard.  Even more trail and trip planning 
information can be found on the Washington Trails Association’s webpage at or 
visit the

road and trail conditions section within our page at


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Then click  Forest Offices on the left side of the page to locate your nearest Ranger Station.