Baker River Trail 606

Area Status: Open

Immerse yourself in this rainforest hike and experience this unique ecosystem. Accessible most of the year, this low-elevation hike takes you through stands of old growth trees, past beaver ponds teeming with wildlife and ends at Sulphide Creek and Camp. The deeply carved river valley engulfs you as the trail passes massive cedars and giant moss-covered boulders.

For the first .6 miles the trail is fully accessible to the scenic Baker River suspension bridge. This is the junction with the Baker Lake Trail 610 that follows the eastern shore of the lake south. Stay left past the bridge to continue on Baker River Trail, entering the North Cascades National Park in one mile. The trail travels through the park for another mile, ending at Sulphide Camp.

Be prepared for wet stream crossings during times of high runoff.

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At a Glance

Permit Info: A National Park Service Backcountry Permit is required for overnight stays within North Cascades National Park. Obtain permits in person at National Park Service offices in Sedro-Woolley or Marblemount. Fishing in Baker River requires a Washington State fishing license.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring through Fall
Restrictions: No stock beyond junction with Baker Lake Trail. North Cascades National Park regulations limit party size 12 and prohibit pets.
Water: Water is available but should be treated for drinking
Restroom: Vault toilet at the trailhead, mountain toilet at Sulphide Creek Camp.
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass required at Baker River Trailhead.
Information Center: Check current conditions or 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 16 miles to milepost 82. Turn left (north) on the Baker Lake Highway (Forest Service Road 11). Continue on the Baker Lake Highway for 25.5 miles to the road's end at the trailhead and parking area.

General Notes:


  • Green Trails: Mt. Shuksan 14, Mt. Baker Wilderness Climbing 13S
  • Forest Service:  Mt. Baker Ranger District and Mt. Baker Wilderness
  • USGS:  Mt. Shuksan

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Elevation desc Elevation gain/loss: +200 feet
Difficulty Level: Easy


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  Area/Length : 
2.6 miles

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  Elevation : 
800 feet