North Fork Nooksack Research Natural Area

Glacier, Washington

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This is a crane-your-neck-in-wonder walk, an easy I-can’t-believe the- size-of-these-trees jaunt that’ll have you snapping off photos at the rate of one a minute. This 1,400-acre roadside forest was set aside in 1937, and without much effort forest lovers can step out of their cars and almost immediately find themselves in a cathedral of 700-plus-year-old Douglas firs, western red cedars, and western hemlocks, many of them 8 to 10 feet in diameter. Shortly after entering the forest, you notice a large fallen log to your right. Walk for a bit, stopping numerous times to link arms with your partner around a massive hemlock trunk, gawk at the ridiculously high piles of needles at many of the trees’ bases (the needles have been falling for centuries, after all), gape at the height of these forest sentinels, and just shake your head in wonder at the forest ecology and nature in general.
A FalconGuide to Mount Baker - Mount Shuksan Area

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A FalconGuide to Mount Baker - Mount Shuksan Area

by Mike McQuaide (Falcon Guides)

This is a crane-your-neck-in-wonder walk, an easy I-can’t-believe the- size-of-these-trees jaunt that’ll have you snapping off photos at the rate of one a minute. This 1,400-acre roadside forest was set aside in 1937, and without much effort forest lovers can step out of their cars and almost immediately find themselves in a cathedral of 700-plus-year-old Douglas firs, western red cedars, and western hemlocks, many of them 8 to 10 feet in diameter.

Shortly after entering the forest, you notice a large fallen log to your right. Walk for a bit, stopping numerous times to link arms with your partner around a massive hemlock trunk, gawk at the ridiculously high piles of needles at many of the trees’ bases (the needles have been falling for centuries, after all), gape at the height of these forest sentinels, and just shake your head in wonder at the forest ecology and nature in general.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Glacier
Distance: 0.5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Summer-Fall
Local Contacts: Mount Baker National Recreation Area
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Baker 13, Mount Shuksan 14
Driving Directions: Directions to North Fork Nooksack Research Natural Area

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