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Pets allowed
Yes
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
8.40 mi (13.52 km)
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In 1959, Puget Sound Energy created Baker Lake by constructing a 312-foot dam on the Baker River. Today, 9-mile long Baker Lake is a buzzing recreational hub in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Boaters, fishermen, and campers flock to the west side of the lake during summer. To escape the crowds for a peaceful forest walk any time of the year, check out Baker Lake Trail.

At 14 miles long, Baker Lake Trail is more than just a day hiking destination. It is the only trail in the Mount Baker Ranger District open for stock and llama use year round. Multiple backcountry campsites and little elevation gain make this a popular trail for backpackers, too.

From the South Baker Lake Trailhead, follow the gently rolling trail through the forest and over streams. Cross Anderson Creek at 1.5 miles where a fallen tree acts as a footbridge, complete with handrails to guide you. At 1.8 miles, head down to Anderson Point for a snack break or to select your campsite for the night. This backcountry campground offers fire pits, toilets, tent pads, bear-proof food storage boxes, and spectacular views of Mount Baker across the lake.

The main trail continues another 2 miles past Anderson Point to Maple Grove. Another backcountry camping area, Maple Grove provides picnic tables and a dock for boaters. If you're on a day hike, Maple Grove is a great place to enjoy lunch, take a dip in the lake; it is also a good spot to turn around for the 8.4-mile round-trip hike. For those spending the night, six campsites are available with amenities similar to those at Anderson Point.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass

Pros

Lake and mountain views. Backcountry camping.

Cons

None.

Trailhead Elevation

900.00 ft (274.32 m)

Net Elevation Gain

500.00 ft (152.40 m)

Address

NF-1107
Concrete, WA 98237
United States

Features

Backcountry camping
Big vistas
Old-growth forest
Fishing

Suitable for

Horseback

Location

Field Guide + Map

Comments

09.27.14
We had a great hike to Maple Grove campground, and spent the night at campsite #6. No problem getting a campsite, even on a Saturday night, there were only two other groups there. Easy hiking, our 18 month old daughter even hiked on her own for a bit. Great views at the campsite.
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