One of the most popular hikes of the Mt. Baker District, a brief but steady climb through timber leads to lush, open flower fields, enhanced by stellar views of glacier draped Mt. Baker, elevation 10,781 feet. Switchbacks in second growth forest head uphill for 2 miles, where the trail enters the Mt. Baker Wilderness and soon breaks out into an immense meadow, which is usually filled with flowers and insects in July and August. The trail wanders along Skyline Divide for another 1.5 miles, offering views of rivers, forests, and countless peaks. Carry drinking water, as there is none available along the trail except in early summer when enough snow remains to melt for water. Overnight users are encouraged to use established sites located along the ridge. No toilet facilities are available. Please dispose of waste properly. The trail is open to stock use from August 1 - November 1 and open to llamas all year long.
Trail description and directions are courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service. The USFS home page is www.fs.fed.us
From the Glacier Public Service Center, travel east on The Mt. Baker Highway 542 for approximately 1 mile to Glacier Creek Road (Forest Service Road #39). Turn right on FS Road #39. The road almost immediately comes to a junction with FS Road #37 (Deadhorse Road). Turn left on FS Road #37 which will parallel the Nooksack River for about 4 miles before climbing up to the Skyline Divide Trailhead, elevation 4400 feet, 12.7 miles from the highway. The trailhead and parking area are located at the end of the road.
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