Baker River Trail is a hiking trail in Whatcom County, Washington. It is within North Cascades National Park. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 775 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 580 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The trail ends near the Sukphide Creek Camp site.
Baker River Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Take this easy 5-mile out-and-back day hike or overnighter through rain forest to the southern foot of Mount Shuksan in North Cascades National Park. Along the way you’ll pass through lovely old-growth forest and along the tumbling Baker River. This low-elevation hike also offers virtually year-round access for restless hikers when higher trails are snowbound.From the Picket Range to the Skagit River, the Baker River cuts a deep swath through the western North Cascades, draining the south slopes of the two preeminent peaks of the region, Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan. Its upper reaches are wild and trailless, while its lower section is followed by roads and impounded in two large reservoirs."
--Ron Adkison & David Wortman, Hiking Washington (Falcon Guides).
"This trail penetrates a remote and forgotten corner of North Cascades National Park, offering an easy stroll through the ancient forests along one of the wildest of the Cascades rivers. The trail begins as an old road that wanders along the riverbanks, which are robed in a young forest of hemlock, cedar, and red alder. Plentiful rainfall creates favorable growing conditions for club moss, which hangs like a shroud from the branches of the vine maples. Soon there are views of the water."
--Erik Molvar, Best Easy Day Hikes: North Cascades (Falcon Guides).
"Saunter along a pristine waterway birthed by massive ice fields and glaciers in the heart of the North Cascades wilderness. Explore wide gravel banks ideal for siestas and peering up at the towering and rugged summits surrounding you. Marvel at massive cedars and their adaptive growing techniques, from hugging boulders to sprouting in riparian zones. With its mere probe into the mostly roadless North Cascades National Park, this trail will make you feel like you’re miles away from civilization."
--Craig Romano, Day Hiking: North Cascades (The Mountaineers Books).
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