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The Bell Pass Trail is a strenuous 4.5 mile hike or horseback ride. The trail starts at the headwaters of the South Fork of the Nooksack River and traverses the Sisters Divide to Mazama Park and the Park Butte Trail at the base of Cathedral Crag. The first two miles to Bell Pass are a gentle climb through mature, mid-elevation forest. The sound of water is always present as the trail circles around the headwaters of Bell Creek. Enjoy great views of Loomis Mountain on fair weather days, and look for signs of the Nooksack Elk Herd. The trail enters the the Mt. Baker Wilderness.

Directions: From Sedro-Woolley, Follow State Route 20 east for 17 miles to milepost 82. Turn left on the Baker Lake Highway (Forest Road #11). Continue for 12 miles to Forest Road #12 and turn left. Travel this road for 14 miles and look for a sign indicating a left hand turn to the trailhead. Turn left on a short spur road which leads to Pioneer Horse Camp and Elbow Lake Trailhead. The trailhead is located on the right side of the parking area. Hike the Elbow Lake Trail about 3.5 miles to the start of the Bell Pass Trail.

Elevation: 3,400 feet

Ending Elevation: 4,400 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet

Distance: 4.5 miles

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

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