Baker Lake Trail 610
This is a wonderful family hike for all seasons with its low elevation and level grade. Stands of giant old growth trees draped in lichen and covered in moss are some of the highlights along this trail. Baker Lake Trail is the only trail on Mt. Baker Ranger District open for stock and llama use year round. It can also be accessed at the north via Baker River Trail 606.
This trail leads into a majestic stand of Douglas fir that regrew after Mt. Baker erupted and started a forest fire in 1843. You can still see the burned snags of the cedar trees that once dominated the area. From south to north, the trail contours the eastern shoreline of Baker Lake, offering glimpses of Mt. Baker. All along the trail spot western trillium, twinflower, foamflower, coralroot and twisted stalk.
Cross Anderson Creek at mile 1.5 by a single foot log or a horse ford. A spur trail at mile 1.8 goes left .3 miles to Anderson Point and campsites at the edge of Baker Lake. Continue two more miles on Baker Lake Trail and find another spur trail on the left that leads .3 miles to Maple Grove Camp. Boaters and hikers often use this campground with six tent sites.
In 4.5 miles along Baker Lake Trail pass campsites at Silver Creek and 1.5 miles beyond Silver Creek reach the junction with Noisy Creek Trail 610.3. Turn left to Noisy Creek campsites on the point or right to hike Noisy Creek Trail 610.3.
If you continue on Baker Lake Trail, you’ll cross a footbridge over scenic Hidden Creek in three miles. The trail drops down to parallel Baker River to the trail's end at the intersection with Baker River Trail 606. Horse camps are available near the Baker River Trailhead, approximately .5 miles south of the Baker Lake Trail terminus.
At a Glance
|Best Season:||Spring through Fall|
|Restrictions:||Hiker and stock trail. Open to stock year round.|
|Water:||Treat all water|
|Restroom:||Vault toilets at the trailhead and Maple Grove Camp. See ammenities below for full information|
|Passes:||A valid Recreation Pass required at Baker Lake Trailhead.|
|Information Center:||Check current conditions or call Mt. Baker Ranger District, Sedro Woolley Office at 360-856-5700 extension 515.|
From the Mt. Baker Ranger District office in Sedro-Woolley, WA follow State Route 20 east for 16 miles to milepost 82. Turn left (north) on the Baker Lake Highway (Forest Service Road 11). Continue for 14 miles to the Baker Dam Road and turn right. Drive past the Puget Sound Energy Kulshan Campground and across the Upper Baker Dam. After crossing the dam, turn left on FS Road 1107. Follow road 1107 for 1 mile and look for the trailhead and parking area on the left side of the road.
- Green Trails: Lake Shannon 46, Mt. Baker Wilderness Climbing 13S
- Forest Service: Mt. Baker Ranger District and Mt. Baker Wilderness
- USGS: Bacon Peak, Welker Peak
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Day HikingRecreation areas with activity Day Hiking:
|Elevation desc||Elevation gain/loss: -200 feet|
BackpackingRecreation areas with activity Backpacking:
Horse CampingRecreation areas with activity Horse Camping:
Horse RidingRecreation areas with activity Horse Riding:
|Toilets:||Vault toilets at the trailhead and Maple Grove Camp. Mountain toilets at Noisy Creek Camp, Anderson Point, and Maple Grove Camp.|