Shadow of the Sentinels Interpretive Site

Area Status: Open

Provides access to: Shadow of the SentinelsTrail 623, an accessible interpretive trail winding through dense forest growth.

Huge Douglas fir and cedar trees tower above a forest floor of ferns, moss and berry bushes. Signs along the route explain the dynamics of this 500-year-old forest.

The trail is built of asphalt and boardwalks with grades no greater than 8 percent.

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At a Glance

Fees: $5/vehicle/day
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer / Fall
Water: No potable water.
Restroom: Accessible vault toilet at the trailhead.
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment. 
Information Center: Check current conditionsor call Mt. Baker Ranger District, Sedro Woolley office at 360-856-5700,extension 515.

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 Baker Lake Highway for 15.0 miles. The trailhead and parking area are on the right past the Komo Kulshan Guard Station.

General Notes:


  • Green Trails: Lake Shannon 46 Mt. Baker Wilderness Climbing 13S
  • Forest Service:  Mt. Baker Ranger District and Mt. Baker Wilderness
  • USGS: Welker Peak

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Day Hiking

Elevation desc Elevation gain/loss: none
Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Plants

Interpretive Areas

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Need backcountry experience; route groomed intermittently for one mile. Dog-friendly trail.
No Sno-Park permit required. Staging area, available parking depends on conditions.

PLEASE NOTE: After periods of extreme weather, work crews may be on trails during the day to clear debris or drifts. Please exercise caution.

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  Area/Length : 
0.5 miles

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  Elevation : 
1000 feet