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The Baker Lake Trail is an easy 14.3 mile hike or horseback ride. Because of its low elevation and level grade, this trail makes a wonderful family hike all seasons of the year. Stands of giant old growth timber are a highlight of this area. The trail begins in a majestic stand of Douglas Fir. These 100 year old trees grew up after a forest fire caused by the last eruption of Mt. Baker, wiped out the previous stand. The trail contours above the eastern shoreline of Baker Lake and provides views of Mt. Baker. Wildflowers such as western trillium, foam flower and twinflower can be seen along the trail in the spring and summer.

At 1.8 miles, a spur trail takes off to the left to Anderson Point. A short 0.25 mile hike, the spur trail leads to the edge of Baker Lake and several camping sites. Continuing on the main trail for 2 more miles, another spur trail takes off on the left, which leads 0.3 mile to Maple Grove Camp. The campground is used by boaters and hikers and offers 6 tent sites. No potable water is available.

Baker Lake Trail continues another 6 miles, passing possible campsites at Silver Creek, until it reaches the junction with Noisy Creek Trail #610.3. Turn left to access campsites at the mouth of Noisy Creek, or right to hike the Noisy Creek Trail. Continuing straight on Baker Lake Trail, in approximately 3 more miles, the trail crosses Hidden Creek on a footbridge and drops down to follow the Baker River to the trail's end at its intersection with Baker River Trail #606. Horse camps are available near the Baker River Trailhead, approximately 0.5 mile south of the Baker Lake Trail terminus.

Directions: From Sedro-Woolley, Follow State Route 20 east for 17 miles to milepost 82. Turn left on Baker Lake Highway (Forest Road #11). Continue for 14 miles to the Baker Dam Road and turn right. Drive past the Puget Sound Energy Kulshan Campground and across the Upper Baker Dam. After crossing the dam, turn left on Road #1107. Follow this road for 1 mile and look for the trailhead and parking area on the left side of the road.

Elevation: 1,000 feet

Ending Elevation: 800 feet

Elevation Gain: 200 feet

Distance: 14.3 miles

Usage: Heavy

Difficulty: Easy

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Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

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