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The Boulder Ridge Trail is a strenuous 3.6 mile hike. This trail is one of the routes used by climbers as an approach to 10,781 foot Mt. Baker. The route is muddy, brushy and difficult to follow beyond 2 miles. The trail wanders through forests for 2 miles then turns into a boot path. The path continues climbing through the forest, eventually breaking out on the Boulder Moraine. Follow the trail through the moraine to the base of the cliff at Boulder Ridge. Hikers and climbers will need to climb the cliff to access the ridge. The ridge offers open meadows and excellent views of Mt. Baker and the Boulder Glacier. The trail enters 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 Service Road #11). Continue on the Baker Lake Highway for 18 miles. After passing Boulder Creek Campground and crossing Boulder Creek, turn left on F. S. Road #1130. Drive Road #1130 for about 1 mile to the junction with Road #1131 and turn left. The trailhead and parking area are located at the end of Road #1131.

Elevation: 2,700 feet

Elevation Gain: 400 feet

Distance: 3.6 miles

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

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