Bagley Lakes-Lower Wild Goose Trail

Glacier, Washington 98244

Bagley Lakes-Lower Wild Goose Trail

Bagley Lakes-Lower Wild Goose Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Many moons ago the narrow Bagley Creek gorge was the site of a hydroelectric power plant for the long-gone posh resort that was the Mount Baker Lodge. (It burned down in 1931.) With flat-topped Table Mountain looming straight ahead to the south, follow this gentle path as it wends its way alongside lake and creek between Mount Herman on your right and the ski area’s Panorama Dome on your left. Lower Bagley Lake comes first, then the creek, rushing and gushing its way through a boulder-choked gorge.

Ooh and ahh at wildflowers and munch on handfuls of blueberries galore (in late summer and early fall) and then, watch your step. You’re in a gorge with lots of snowmelt just above lots of water all around, which means lots of mud. Take note of the columnar andesite on your left. How will you know it? The word columnar is the key. About 300,000 years ago, this basin was awash in lava. When it cooled, it did so quickly and formed into very distinct six-sided columns of grayish rock that fit together like pieces in a puzzle. These columnar joints can be seen at places throughout Heather Meadows."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
150 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour
Mount Baker National Recreation Area
Local Contacts
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Jul 2018