North Fork Nooksack Research Natural Area

Glacier, Washington 98244

North Fork Nooksack Research Natural Area

North Fork Nooksack Research Natural Area Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

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Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
30 minutes
Mount Baker National Recreation Area
Local Contacts
Green Trails Mount Baker 13, Mount Shuksan 14
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Jul 2018