Watson Lakes Trail

Noisy-Diobsud Wilderness Area, Washington

Elevation Gain833ft
Trailhead Elevation4,652ft
Elevation Min/Max4417/4796ft
Elevation Start/End4652/4652ft

Watson Lakes Trail

Watson Lakes Trail is a hiking trail in Whatcom County, Washington. It is within Noisy-Diobsud Wilderness Area. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 4,652 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 833 feet. This trail connects with the following: Anderson-Watson Lakes Trail, Anderson Lake Trail, Upper Anderson Lake Boot Trail and Watson Lake Boot Trail.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: North Cascades (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"A network of short trails climbs to the timberline at the edge of the Noisy-Diobsud Wilderness, visiting alpine lakes and an old lookout site. Wildflower displays are impressive here, and black bears are commonly sighted. Watson Lakes makes the easiest an"
Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson
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"The East Bank Baker Lake Trail (Hike 12) offers an adventure in ancient forests, but for an alpine experience, you can head a few miles east of the lake and hop the line into the Noisy-Diobsud Wilderness Area. A trio of destinations can be sampled in a day, all from the same trailhead."

Watson Lakes Trail Trip Reports

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Anderson Creek Bridge at the south end of Baker Lake Trail #710 was destroyed in the October 2003 flood. The Blum Creek Bridge was rendered useless as the channel of Blum Creek moved to the south side of the bridge after damaging the bridge. At least three other bridges along the center part of the trail near Silver Creek, Ermine Creek, and Mable Grove were also destroyed.

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Trail Information

Noisy-Diobsud Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Noisy-Diobsud Wilderness Area
Skill Level
Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Pass required for most trails
Local Contacts
USGS Bacon Peak; Green Trails Lake Shannon
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