Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
990.00 ft (301.75 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
6.40 mi (10.30 km)
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Maple Grove Campground is situated on the shores of Baker Lake beneath the mighty Mount Baker (Koma Kulshan). The Baker Lake Trail traverses along the eastern edge of the lake and is a great early season backpacking trip due to its low elevation. At only 705 feet above sea level, the trail is snow-free most of the year! Starting at the Baker Lake Trailhead at the south end of the lake, the trail runs 3.5 miles to Maple Grove Campground and only gains 500 feet in elevation.

Even though it is called the Baker Lake Trail, the trail is up above the lake in the forest. Every so often, you can catch a glimpse of the lake or Mount Baker above it through the trees. In the spring and early summer, you can expect to find trilliums and other wild flowers. If you catch a whiff of skunk, don’t worry -- a plant called the Western Skunk Cabbage also grows along this trail. It is easily recognizable by its smell and yellow bulbous flowers. 

At Maple Grove Campground, you will find campsites close to the lake with incredible views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan to the north. There are also bear boxes, tent pads, and a pit toilet. When the water level in the lake is high enough, a floating dock is available for use. It is a great place to relax and watch the sun set and rise.

If you wish to extend your trip, you can hike the entire 14 miles of the Baker Lake Trail. You can also leave a car at the north trailhead, Baker River Trailhead. There are other campsites along the trail, so you can choose a short out-and-back adventure or a longer point-to-point excursion. 

The Baker Lake Trail is a great option to stretch your backpacking legs at the beginning of the season because it is a gentle trail with amazing views!

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Mountain views. Wildflowers. Moderate trail.

Cons

Unsightly stumps with low water levels.

Trailhead Elevation

900.00 ft (274.32 m)

Highest point

985.00 ft (300.23 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Backcountry camping
Vault toilet
Big vistas
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

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