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.
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.)"
--Mike McQuaide, A FalconGuide to Mount Baker - Mount Shuksan Area (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Oliver Lazenby , Hiking Washington (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Craig Romano, 100 Classic Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Dan A. Nelson, Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Craig Romano, Day Hiking: North Cascades (The Mountaineers Books).
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