Mt. Baker National Recreation Area

Area Status: Open

The Mt. Baker National Recreation Area was created in conjunction with the 1984 Washington Wilderness Act to accommodate mixed recreation use in Schriebers Meadow.

Hiking, horseback riding, camping and mountain climbing are popular summer activities. In winter snowmobilers can use the area when snow levels are more than two feet at Schriebers Meadow at Park Butte Trailhead.

Snowmobile access is provided on Forest Service road 13 to Schriebers Meadow, into upper Rocky and upper Sulphur Creek, the upper Railroad Grade, Metcalfe Moraine and lower Easton Glacier. Large crevasses on the glaciated slopes of Mt. Baker may be hidden by snow bridges and not readily visible. Snowmobiles must stay within boundaries of the Mt. Baker National Recreation Area and outside of the adjacent Mt. Baker Wilderness. Check the Washington State Sno-Park for more information about snowmobiling.

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[Image]: Map of Mt. Baker National Recreation Area

General location map, not to scale.

At a Glance

Permit Info: A Washington State Sno-Park permit is required Nov. 1 through April 30 at Park Butte Trailhead..
Usage: Medium-Heavy
  • 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 prohibited.
  • Camping in the National Recreation Area is allowed only in the designated camps.
  • No fires allowed in the National Recreation Area.
  • Camping or being in an area closed for rehabilitation is prohibited.
  • Passenger vehicles are prohibited from parking in the stock vehicle parking area July 1 – Oct. 31.
Closest Towns: Sedro-Woolley, Washington
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Park Butte Trailhead May 1 through Oct. 31.
Information Center:  Check current conditions or call Mt. Baker Ranger District, Sedro Woolley Office at 360-856-5700, extension 515.

General Information

General Notes:

Designated Camp Sites:

  • Cathedral Camp
  • High Camp
  • Railroad Camp
  • Mazama Park Horse Camp

Trails in the National Recreation Area:

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Dispersed Camping

Mountain Climbing

Enjoy climbing Mt. Baker. To plan your trip visit our Mt. Baker Climbing page for useful information from permits to regulations.

Day Hiking


Horse Camping

Areas for Horse Camping at Baker Lake / Middle Fork Nooksack

Horse Riding

Areas for Horse Riding at Baker Lake / Middle Fork Nooksack

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing


Sno-Park Information

Directions: 12 miles north of Highway 20 via Baker Lake Highway, west on USFS Road 12. 
Elevation: 1,160 & 1,520 feet

2 Sno-Parks
75 spaces


  1. 12 / 13 / Schrieber's Meadow     
  2. 12 / 1230 / Blue Lake     

Trail system 19 miles

Sanitary facility at Schrieber's Meadows, scenic view points.

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