Horseshoe Bend Trail

Glacier, Washington 98244

Horseshoe Bend Trail

Horseshoe Bend Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Hike a gentle trail along a raging river. Perfect for evening and early morning strolls. Perfect for introducing children to the wonders of nature. Perfect for stretching your legs out on the way to Heather Meadows. Perfect for watching diving dippers and daring river kayakers. And perfect for staring into tumultuous rapids. But a terrible place for carrying on a conversation— the river’s roar is deafening, its allure oh-so intoxicating.

Despite being easy to walk, near a popular campground, and offering access to a spectacular wild river, Horseshoe Bend surprisingly is not a terribly busy trail. Don't be stunned to find a handful of vehicles at the trailhead, however; the trail may be deserted, but the river may not be. This is a popular launch and take-out for river runners."

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"Most of the area’s marquee hikes are higher-elevation affairs, which is great, but they’re hikable only in summer and early fall. Here’s a gem that’s low enough to be passable just about year-round.

You’ll thrill to the rushing Nooksack River powering its way through everything and anything in its path— house-size boulders, snags, the riverbed, kayakers. In summer this is the put-in spot for several kayaking outfitters. This is the North Fork of the Nooksack River here, and it gets its start from glaciers on the north side of Mount Shuksan. The mostly gentle riverside trail meanders through a forest of giant moss-hung firs, hemlocks, and cedars that all but block out the rain on those rainy days. This is a great any-time-of-day, any-time-of-year hike that’s suitable for the whole family."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
250 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
950 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,200 feet
Top Elevation
Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Glacier Public Service Center
Local Contacts
Green Trails Mount Baker No. 13
Local Maps

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Oct 2018