*Note: All of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest’s developed recreation areas are closed. This includes trailheads, campgrounds, day use areas, cabin and fire lookout tower rentals, restroom facilities, and sno-parks. We are aligning with the Governor’s state executive order to “stay home.”  During this time, we discourage non-essential travel that puts strain on smaller rural communities and search & rescue volunteers.  For local communities, many roads, trails and dispersed recreation—areas without facilities or other improvements-- are okay to access.  We closed our developed recreation sites in alignment with the Governor’s Stay Home orders in Washington and will work with state and local authorities to align in reopening.

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

Current Conditions: The sno-park is currently closed for the season.
Permit Info: Sno-Park is Closed.  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

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