Baker Lake

Enjoy day hiking or backpacking trips of up to 28 miles with just little elevation gain. Hike along the eastern shore of Baker Lake, starting from the north or the south. Most of the trail goes through old growth forests with few views of the lake but with some great views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan.

Temporary Closure

5/29/21 Update: The Baker Lake Trail and campsites on the east side of Baker Lake are closed because of several human and cougar interactions. Visit the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie Nation Forest "Alerts & Notices" web page for more information.

getting there

Baker Lake Trailhead (southwest)

Take Exit 230 off of I-5, drive east on SR-20 (North Cascades Highway) for 23 miles, and turn left (north) onto Baker Lake Road (between MP 82 and MP 83). Just past the junction with Forest Road 12, turn right onto Forest Road 1106 and follow it around the south end of Baker Lake. Turn left onto Forest Road 1107 and drive 1.0 mile to the trailhead (960 ft).

Baker River Trailhead (northeast)

Take Exit 230 off of I-5, drive east on SR-20 (North Cascades Highway) for 23 miles, and turn left (north) onto Baker Lake Road (between MP 82 and MP 83). Continue on Baker Lake Road for 26 miles—it becomes Forest Road 11 and the pavement ends after 23 miles—reaching the road end and trailhead (750 ft).

on the trail

Baker Lake to Maple Grove

8.0 miles round trip with 500 feet of elevation gain, 1,000 ft high point

A great easy, early season hike through a beautiful and lush old growth forest along the eastern shore of Baker Lake. If the weather's good, enjoy a magnificent view of Mount Baker across the lake. For a longer day hike, continue north and east  as far as desired.

baker lake trail

28 miles round trip or 14 miles one-way with 2,000 feet of elevation gain, 960 ft high point

Hike the Baker Lake Trail along the eastern shore of Baker Lake, out-and-back as far as desired or one-way with a car shuttle. Campsites along that way are Anderson Point (1.9 miles), Maple Grove (3.6 miles), Silver Creek (8.1 miles), Noisy Creek (9.5 miles), and Baker River (14 miles).

notes

  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
  • Length: 28.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 300 ft
  • 1,000 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Mt Shuksan No. 14
  • Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13SX
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Basic Backpacking Backup Field Trip - Baker Lake to Maple Grove

Backpacking Field trip: Basic Backpacking
This is a backup trip field trip in case of cancellations or other issues due
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Jun 19, 2021 - Sun, Jun 20, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
0 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Jun 14
Seattle Branch
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