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Winchester Mountain Hike

Mount Baker Area, Washington

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  • Winchester Mountain trail begins at Twin Lakes.- Winchester Mountain Hike
  • Looking up at Winchester Mountain (6,521').- Winchester Mountain Hike
  • A common blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus) along Winchester Mountain Trail.- Winchester Mountain Hike
  • Mount Larrabee (7,861').- Winchester Mountain Hike
  • Fall colors on Winchester Mountain.- Winchester Mountain Hike
  • Twin Lakes from Winchester Mountain Trail.- Winchester Mountain Hike
  • Winchester Mountain Lookout.- Winchester Mountain Hike
  • Winchester Mountain Lookout and Mount Baker (10,781').- Winchester Mountain Hike
  • Inside Winchester Mountain Lookout.- Winchester Mountain Hike
  • Mount Baker (10,781') from Winchester Mountain Lookout.- Winchester Mountain Hike
  • Goat Mountain's twin peaks (front, 6,891') and Mount Shuksan (back, 9,131').- Winchester Mountain Hike
  • Panoramic view of Mount Shuksan (9,131') and Mount Baker (10,781') from Winchester Mountain.- Winchester Mountain Hike
  • Winchester Mountain Lookout.- Winchester Mountain Hike
  • - Winchester Mountain Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Short trail. Great views. Historic lookout.
Cons: 
Rough 4x4 road.
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Region:
Mount Baker Area, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,350.00 ft (411.48 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.20 mi (5.15 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,200.00 ft (1,584.96 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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If the access road were paved, Winchester Mountain would likely be one of the most popular hikes in the North Cascades: The trail begins between a pair of stunning, mile-high sub-alpine lakes. It switchbacks through blueberry-bursting meadows, past a permanent snowfield to a restored historic lookout in just 1.6 miles. The views are stupendous. However, the road is not paved. It's one of the roughest unmaintained gravel roads in the area. If you don't have a four-wheel drive vehicle, park at the Yellow Aster Butte Trailhead and walk the remaining 2.5 miles to Twin Lakes.

Those willing to brave the rough road will be rewarded by some stunning scenery. Begin at the trailhead between Twin Lakes and climb a quarter mile to the High Pass junction. Stay left for Winchester Mountain Lookout. Switchback up the mostly open mountainside, looking down on the Twin Lakes and your car parked between them. Goat Mountain's twin peaks are visible to the south; Mount Shuksan rises behind them.

You'll reach the top in no time. Peek inside the lookout, built in 1935 and maintained by the Mount Baker Club. If no one has claimed it for the night, the lookout is all yours. Outside, views of mounts Baker, Shuksan, Larrabee, and many more surround you.

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