Mount Baker Wilderness

Located in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

The Mount Baker Wilderness was created by the 1984 Washington Wilderness Act and contains 117,500 acres. Its eastern border is shared with the boundary of the North Cascade National Park for a distance of 40 miles. The Wilderness extends from State Highway 20 north to the Canadian Border.

This entire Wilderness lies on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Two drainages emanate from this area, the Nooksack River and the Skagit River. The Nooksack River drains directly into Puget Sound.

Vegetative cover is typical of the west slopes of the Cascades including cedars, Douglas-fir, true firs, western and mountain hemlock, and at higher elevations, alpine meadows. On mountains and higher ridges, considerable areas of rock and permanent glaciers (over 10,000 acres) occur.

Terrain is extremely rugged, with steep slopes; numerous ridges are dissected by small intermittent or permanent drainages. Glacier travel also poses many risks to hikers and mountaineers. Mount Baker, an active volcano, is one of the areas most unique features. The mountain periodically exhibits thermal activity. The most northern of Washingtons volcanoes it stands 10,778 feet.

For interesting hiking excursions the wilderness area is home to Granite mountain, a popular Cascades weekend getaway.

For more information contact: The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 23 May 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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