Scott Paul Trail

Mount Baker National Recreation Area, Washington

Elevation Gain4,338ft
Trailhead Elevation3,358ft
Elevation Min/Max3355/5290ft
Elevation Start/End3358/3358ft

Scott Paul Trail

Scott Paul Trail is a hiking trail in Whatcom County, Washington. It is within Mount Baker National Recreation Area. It is 5.8 miles long and begins at 3,358 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,338 feet. Near the trailhead there are a parking and restrooms. Along the trail there are a scrub and a scree. This trail connects with the following: Park Butte Trail and Squak Glacier Route.

Scott Paul Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This amazing trail offers children the chance to see glaciers close-up and learn about their effects on the landscape. They can cross glacial streams on two swaying suspension bridges, peer up at the glacier’s snout, and then climb the moraines it left behind.

The sound of boulders being slammed against the floor of the stream and the groans of moving ice are unforgettable, high-alpine sound effects. Note that the bridges on this trail are seasonal. They are removed in late September and are not put back in place until late June, and the creeks should not be forded. Be sure to call the district office to check that the bridges are in place before heading out."

"The trail is named for Scott Paul, a popular Forest Service employee who was tragically killed in a bridge-building accident.

Pass through wildflower meadows, cross the lower reaches of the Easton Glacier moraine—that is, a rocky, bouldery stretch with rushing creeks but also awesome views to Mount Baker and particularly Sherman Peak, Baker’s southside spire. Sherman Crater, just beyond, blew out in the mid-1800s and still steams to this day. A seasonal suspension bridge provides a way across the most rushing stretch of creek."

"An excellent loop that doesn’t really go anywhere, unless you count miles of brilliant alpine meadows and rugged glacial moraine slopes as worthy destinations. Enjoy a scenic journey at the base of Mount Baker, complete with breathtaking close-ups of the hulking volcano as well as sweeping views of the surrounding sea of North Cascades peaks.

Start your hike on the Park Butte Trail, entering the 8000-acre Mount Baker National Recreation Area (a sort of wilderness-light). Soon come to a junction with Scott Paul Trail No. 603.1. Combined with the first 2 miles of the Park Butte Trail, one of the finest day-hiking loops in the North Cascades can be made."

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Trail Information

Mount Baker National Recreation Area
Nearby City
Mount Baker National Recreation Area
Skill Level
Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Mount Baker Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails Hamilton 45
Local Maps

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Nov 2018