Backpack - Baker Lake


Backpack - Baker Lake

Experience a late season backpack through lush old growth forests, seeking stellar views of fresh snow coated Mount Baker, and spending the night camped next to a beautiful lake. This is a mentored backpack lead trip for Janette Powell.

  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft

Exact meeting time and place TBD. Likely at the trailhead around 10am on Saturday.

Notice that a Northwest Forest Pass, or the equivalent, must be displayed by each car at the trailhead. 

We will hike into Maple Grove Campground (3.6 miles), via Anderson Point (1.9miles) and set up camp. At Maple Grove Campground the campsites are close to the lake with incredible views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan to the north. There are also bear boxes, tent pads, fire pits and a vault toilet. When the water level in the lake is high enough, a floating dock is available for use. It is a great place to relax and watch the sun set and rise - so bring your camera. The waxing Gibbous moon will be 91% visible (weather permitting) and rising about an hour prior to sunset.  Sunset is at 5:39pm with last light noted to be at 6:13pm

After our trail lunch at camp, we’ll have an optional day hike further north & east along the baker lake trail if desired.

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00am Sunday November 6. First Light is noted to be at 6:29 and Sunrise is at 7:02am on Sunday November 6. The average temps for Baker Lake in November are:  Hi: 41F & Lo: 28F. Keep this in mind as you plan for a comfortable camping at 1000ft in late fall conditions.

I anticipate that we will be pulling down camp after breakfast and hiking out around 9am, with an estimated return to the trailhead by noon.

Map of the area:

When requesting permission to join this trip please let me know about recent backpacking trips (if not with the mountaineers - listed in your activities history) & if you have any cold camping experience.




Baker Lake

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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