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Baker River Professional Review and Guide
"Take this easy 5-mile out-and-back day hike or overnighter through rain forest to the southern foot of Mount Shuksan in North Cascades National Park. Along the way you’ll pass through lovely old-growth forest and along the tumbling Baker River. This low-elevation hike also offers virtually year-round access for restless hikers when higher trails are snowbound.From the Picket Range to the Skagit River, the Baker River cuts a deep swath through the western North Cascades, draining the south slopes of the two preeminent peaks of the region, Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan. Its upper reaches are wild and trailless, while its lower section is followed by roads and impounded in two large reservoirs."
--Ron Adkison & David Wortman, Hiking Washington (Falcon Guides).
Beautiful!! Baker river is gorgeous, see snow capped mountains and running river at same time. Easy hike, few ups and down, nothing major. Very cool suspension bridge towards beginning of hike. Semi-long drive from hwy 20 to head of trail is totally worth it.
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