Things to do at Mt. Baker

Mt. Baker: A Wonderland of Adventure

Nestled in the heart of the North Cascades, Mt. Baker is a paradise for adventurers seeking outdoor thrills in the Pacific Northwest. The mountain peak stands at an elevation of 10,781 feet, making it the highest peak in the North Cascades and the northernmost volcano in the conterminous United States. With its stunning alpine scenery, rich flora and fauna, and endless recreational activities, Mt. Baker is a must-visit destination for nature lovers, hikers, and adrenaline junkies.

The journey to Mt. Baker starts with a scenic drive through the beautiful countryside of northern Washington, passing through charming towns and verdant forests. From Lynden, it’s only a 1-hour 15-minute drive to the peak of the mountain, where visitors can discover a plethora of outdoor activities to suit any preference.

One of the most popular summer activities on Mt. Baker is hiking, with most trails being snow-free from spring through fall. The Glacier Area Trails, Heather Meadows & Austin Pass Picnic Area, and Artist Point are the most well-known trails on the mountain, offering hikers breathtaking views of the surrounding alpine landscape. Artist Point is especially noteworthy, as it is open all year round and is a popular destination for snowshoeing and hiking.

For those who prefer water activities, Mt. Baker has several picturesque lakes and rivers, including the Nooksack River, which is ideal for fishing, river rafting, and bird watching. Visitors can also take a tour through the dense forest, discovering the local flora and fauna at their own pace.

During the winter months, Mt. Baker transforms into a winter wonderland, offering skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. The mountain’s powder-covered slopes provide an exceptional winter sports experience, with numerous ski runs and terrain parks for all skill levels.

For those seeking a unique experience, a sunrise hike to the summit of Mt. Baker National Park is a must-do. The early start to the day provides an unparalleled opportunity to witness the beauty of the sunrise as it illuminates the stunning alpine landscape.

Our Guests say it best:

“This spot is perfect for anyone wanting a “home base” while taking day trips to Canada, Bellingham, the San Juan Islands, or the incredible Mt. Baker. The location can’t be beaten.” 5-star review by Diane

For more information on Lynden, check out our Local Guide, and be sure to enjoy your day before you head back to your cozy getaway at the Oostema Farmstead.  We will keep the lights on for you.

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