Skyline Divide Trail

Mount Baker Wilderness Area, Washington

Distance4.4mi
Elevation Gain3,441ft
Trailhead Elevation4,345ft
Top6,571ft
Elevation Min/Max4345/6571ft
Elevation Start/End4345/4345ft

Skyline Divide Trail

Skyline Divide Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Whatcom County, Washington. It is within Mount Baker Wilderness Area. It is 4.4 miles long and begins at 4,345 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,441 feet. Near the trailhead there are a parking and restrooms. Along the trail there are woods. This trail connects with the following: Hadley Peak Route and National Forest Development Road 37.

Skyline Divide Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Superb high alpine meadows, that’s this trail in a nutshell. After switchbacking up a couple forested miles of hemlocks and firs, it’s just you and an open ridgetop trail beelining for Mount Baker’s north flank, just 5 miles away.

Oh, yes, one other thing: splendiferous wildflower meadows, especially in July and August. (And as long as we’re being honest, one other thing: bugs. In July and August when the high-elevation snow is still melting out, the mosquitoes and flies can be quite horrendous. Take along an insect repellent that contains DEET and keep moving.)"

"The views of Mount Baker from Skyline Divide are spectacular, but the vibrant color of the wildflowers outshines the volcano’s icy glaciers. The divide is one long meadow packed with flowers.

After the initial climb through old-growth forest with patches of lupines, the trail reaches the Skyline Divide. From here the trail swoops up and down on a tall, flowery ridge leading toward the foot of the Hadley Glacier."

"Miles of flower-saturated meadows along a rolling, lofty ridge radiating from the big volcano itself, Skyline Divide is one of Mount Baker’s best offerings to the hiking community.

While the views are supreme, from the snowy peaks of British Columbia to the salty waters of Puget Sound, you’ll struggle keeping your eyes off of what the area’s Native peoples called Koma Kulshan, “the Great White One.” And while this trail is 4.5 miles long, feel free to quit anytime after 2; there’s no shortage of views along the way."

"This route represents some of the best combinations of trail features you’ll find in the Pacific Northwest. You get to explore high alpine country, but you also get much of the climbing over with during the drive to the trailhead. You experience pristine old forests and sprawling alpine meadows.

The local scenery is blessed with a plethora of flora and fauna, and the distant views are filled with stunning peaks and glacier-covered volcanoes. And the trail is short enough that you can enjoy sunrise and/ or sunset from the route during a simple day hike if you want. The one thing this route doesn’t have is a lot of water—pack plenty for you and your dog."

"With miles of flower-saturated meadows along a rolling lofty ridge radiating from the big volcano itself, Skyline Divide is one of Baker’s best offerings to the hiking community. While the views are supreme—from the snowy peaks of British Columbia to the salty waters of Puget Sound—you’ll struggle keeping your eyes off of what the area’s first peoples called Koma Kulshan, “the Great White One.”

A popular place on a summer weekend, Skyline provides enough nooks and crannies to spread out. And while this hike is 4.5 miles long, feel free to quit anytime after 2 miles—there’s no shortage of views along the way."

Skyline Divide Trail Reviews

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7/28/2006
A sublime hike, affording glorious views on top, and enchanting old-growth forests punctuated by flower-filled meadows on the way up. Admittedly steep (especially parts of the skyline itself), but fundamentally rewarding.
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Trail Information

Mount Baker Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Mount Baker Wilderness Area
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Views, Wildflowers
Features
Mount Baker–Snoqualmie NF, Mount Baker Ranger District, Sedro-Woolley, or Glacier Public Service Center (summer)
Local Contacts
Green Trails, Mount Baker Wilderness WA No. 13S
Local Maps

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Nov 2018