Church Mountain

Deming, Washington 98244

Church Mountain

Church Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"Early settlers named Church Mountain for its steepled appearance. Positioned between Canyon Creek to the north and North Fork Nooksack River to the south, Church rises over 4100 feet from its base at 1200 feet to its highest point in less than 2 miles.

The abandoned lookout near the top is a popular trail trip, but the summit farther on is an even better viewpoint, where you can see the dark Fraser River valley in contrast with the dazzling white glaciers of Mount Baker. The final push to the summit is difficult enough when you are on the easiest route, but dicey if you are off the most-traveled path. You must be comfortable on steep slopes with loose gravel and poor footing. Hikers who are not familiar with off-trail travel can stop at the lookout site to soak in the views; only experienced scramblers should forge on to the summit."

More Church Mountain Professional Reviews and Guides

"This relentlessly steep hike climbs about 1,000 feet per mile on its way to a former fire lookout site and the awesome mountain vista that that role implies. As you approach the steeple (for which the mountain earns its name), you’ll find plenty of remnants from the old building that was torn down in the 1960s—cable, nails, bits of metal, and what looks like a still-standing outhouse.

On the way up, though, you’ve got plenty of dark forest to switchback up and then its photographic negative—glorious open subalpine meadows awash in wildflowers and views that are simply stunning. Mountains, valleys, and forests on all sides, and to the west northern Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia where cities such as Bellingham and Vancouver, British Columbia, hang on at water’s edge."

"All congregants of nature are invited to attend this Church. But hallelujah, it’s a tough calling! While the trail is built well, it switchbacks like there’s no tomorrow.

The scenery is heavenly, but with over 3700 vertical feet to climb there’s a little hell to pay on the way. It’s worth the sacrifice, though. From the old lookout site just beneath Church Mountain’s impressive steeple-like summit, a promised land of North Cascades beauty abounds."

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Trail Information

Deming
Nearby City
10
Distance
4,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
9 hours
Duration
July to September
Season
Views
Features
Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Mount Baker Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Bearpaw Mountain, Glacier; Green Trails Mount Baker 13
Local Maps

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Oct 2018