Henry M. Jackson Wilderness: Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie

Glacier Basin, Henry M. Jackson Wilderness

Senator Henry Jackson of Washington was instrumental in designating many of Washington's Wildernesses.  The 103,297 acre Henry M. Jackson Wilderness is located within both the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie and Wenatchee National Forests.  Here you will find terrain reminiscent of the Swiss Alps attracting mountain climbers: glacial basins surrounded by ragged ridgelines supporting sharp spires and rock towers. Snow often accumulates to a depth of 20 feet and remains well into summer. The melting snow feeds the multiple lakes in the northwest section. Tall forest at lower elevations thins out into broad meadows on ridge tops.

There are approximately 49 miles of hiking trails. Visitors can choose from easy day hikes to mountain lakes or hike the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail through the Wilderness for about 32 miles. Henry M. Jackson Wilderness borders Glacier Peak Wilderness to the north and Wild Sky Wilderness to the southwest. 

Help protect your wilderness by following wilderness regulations and using Leave No Trace principles.

At a Glance

Permit Info: Visitors are asked to sign the trailhead register.
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
  • Some trails closed to use by stock due to steep grades, inadequate design, lack of grazing or other factors.
  • Camping is prohibited within 200 feet, horizontal distance, from the shoreline of the following lakes: Goat Lake, Blanca Lake, Pear Lake. 
  • Using a fire or campfire, except for self-contained, carry-in devices such as stoves, is prohibited within 1/4 mile of the following locations: Goat Lake, Glacier Basin Trail, Silver Lake, Upper Twin Lake, Lower Twin Lake, Lake Sally Ann, Lake Minotaur, Lake Theseus, Heather Lake, Glasses Lake, Lake Valhalla.  
Closest Towns: Leavenworth, WA; Darrington, WA
Passes: Some trailheads require a valid recreation pass. Check our Recreation Passes and Permits page for details.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center:

General Information


Henry M. Jackson Wilderness southern access area is in the Stevens Pass area about 35 miles northwest of Leavenworth, WA on US-2. Henry M Jackson northern access is about 30 miles east of Granite Falls, Washington on Mountain Loop Highway.

Topo Maps

Bedal, Benchmark Mountain, Blanca Lake, Captain Point, Evergreen Mountain, Glacier Peak West, Labyrinth Mountain, Monte Cristo, Poe Mountain, Sloan Peak.  Download free U.S. Forest Service Topo maps.

Buy maps online

Go to the National Forest Store.


Go to Wilderness.net for online maps and other important Wilderness information.

General Notes:

Trails/Trailheads that access Henry M. Jackson Wilderness at Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest

See also:


Lake and Pond Fishing

Day Hiking


Horse Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Find your favorite spot!

  • Trails & Campgrounds