Best Hikes Near Mt. Baker

Baker Highway in northwest Washington State has got to be some of the most spectacular in the Continental US. There’s something about Mt. Baker’s cone, Mt. Shuksan’s rugged profile, and all the other nearby snowcapped peaks that are simply awe-inspiring.

There are dozens of hikes available in the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest.  Be sure to contact the visitor center to find out what trails are open.

Best Hikes Near Mt. Baker


Here are a few of the most popular Best Hikes Near Mt. Baker

  • Artist Ridge
  • Horseshoe Bend
  • Wild Goose
  • Picture Lake

Artist Ridge, now, if you’re looking to get a real bang for your hiking buck, Artist Ridge delivers it. Only a mile or so RT, and with social trails galore to go further, views of Mt. Shuksan (best in the afternoon) open up from the first and continue to get better as the trail meanders along the ridgeline. The trail comes highly recommended! Less than 1.5 miles RT, even with some social trail exploring.

  • Skyline
  • Excelsior Pass
  • Table Mountain
  • Chain Lakes Loop

Skyline Divide.  Walking for miles along the ridgeline with Mt. Baker ever-present and Mt. Shuksan close by – not to mention the lovely wildflowers and peaceful valleys not so far away – this is a one-in-a-million hike. 4.2 to 10+ miles RT.

Table Mountain. A short hike with an awesome view, the Table Mountain Trail switchbacks steeply upward, then rolls along the mountain’s flat top to awe-inspiring views of Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan, and lakes far below. 3.0 miles RT.

  • Hannegan Pass
  • Lake Ann
  • Yellow Aster Butte
  • Heliotrope

Heliotrope Divide. Gaping crevasses, idyllic waterfalls, and Mt. Baker’s cone, seemingly directly above you, make this hike unlike any other along the Mt. Baker Highway. Although you likely will never get a glimpse of a glacier quite like the spectacular view at the end of this trail (at least in Washington), the four stream crossings can be a deterrent to those who don’t like getting their feet wet. 6.5 miles RT.

Note that the Mt. Baker Highway is late to thaw out – it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to drive to Artist Point until late July at the very earliest; most years, the point isn’t open until August, and even then, snowfields will cover trails, year-round or at least into the fall months.

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