East Bank Baker Lake

Concrete, Washington

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While the East Bank Baker Lake Trail does parallel the shore of Baker Lake, this isn’t a true lakeshore trail. It is an old-growth-forest hike, with occasional side excursions to the lake. Because it stays under the forest canopy most of the way, it lacks distant panoramic views and stunning alpine scenery. But that’s okay. There are plenty of other trails with those features. What this trail offers is immersion into an ecosystem that has become rare and precious—the Cascades old-growth forest. The trail rolls under massive hulks of ancient Douglas firs, western hemlocks, and western red cedars. The trees are hung with long curtains of lichen, and the ground between the trees boasts a deep shag carpet of moss.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

While the East Bank Baker Lake Trail does parallel the shore of Baker Lake, this isn’t a true lakeshore trail. It is an old-growth-forest hike, with occasional side excursions to the lake. Because it stays under the forest canopy most of the way, it lacks distant panoramic views and stunning alpine scenery. But that’s okay.

There are plenty of other trails with those features. What this trail offers is immersion into an ecosystem that has become rare and precious—the Cascades old-growth forest. The trail rolls under massive hulks of ancient Douglas firs, western hemlocks, and western red cedars. The trees are hung with long curtains of lichen, and the ground between the trees boasts a deep shag carpet of moss.

© 2010 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Concrete
Distance: 28
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 hours to 4 days
Season: May through June, and September
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: North Cascades National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails Lake Shannon No. 46
Driving Directions: Directions to East Bank Baker Lake

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