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Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
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Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Mt. Shuksan © Tom Purse
Artists Point view of Mt. Shuksan
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Snoqualmie Falls © Tom Purse
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Mt. Shuksan © Tom Purse
Autumn colors at Mt. Shuksan
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest © Daniel Ewert
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest © Daniel Ewert
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest © Daniel Ewert
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The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington State extends more than 140 miles along the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains from the Canadian border to the northern boundary of Mt. Rainier National Park.

The Forest covers portions of Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, King, and Pierce Counties. Together, with the other central Puget Sound counties, 62% (3.63 million people) of the State's population lives within a 70-mile drive of the Forest. Another 1.5 million in the Vancouver, British Columbia metro area are also within easy reach of the northern part of the Forest.

The large population factor, coupled with easy road access, makes the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest one of the most visited National Forests in the country.
Campground & Picnic Areas

Mt. Baker Highway (State Route 542)

Mt. Baker Ranger District

Baker Lake Road (Forest Road #11)

Mt. Baker Ranger District

North Cascades (State Route 20)

Mt. Baker Ranger District

Suiattle River Road (Forest Road #26)

Mountain Loop Scenic Byway

Darrington Ranger District

Skykomish Area (US Highway 2)

Skykomish Ranger District

Snoqualmie Pass (Interstate 90)

Snoqualmie Ranger District - North Bend Area

Mather Memorial Parkway (State Route 410)

Snoqualmie Ranger District - White River Area

Reservations : Nation-Wide Forest Service Reservations are available by calling toll free 1-877-444-6777 (5 am to 9 pm Pacific time), 518-885-3639, TDD 1-877-833-6777 or through the website

Reservations can be made a minimum of 5 days to a maximum of 240 days in advance. Forty percent of the campsites in each campground are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest provides an endless number of fishing opportunities for the experienced and beginning angler. Beautiful rivers and streams, high elevation lakes, reservoirs, and small ponds offer just about every setting one could ask for to relax and fish, or just enjoy the magnificent scenery. Just visit Streams and Rivers or Lakes on this site for a location you prefer to fish to find out more about the exciting places to cast your favorite lure or fly!

Opportunities abound to pursue or view the legendary Northwest salmon and steelhead, several species of trout, or a variety of warm-water fish (see Fish Resources.

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is

Skyline Divide - Trail #678 - A moderate to steep trail climbs surrounded by firs and meadow areas. The trail then opens to a large meadow with wondrous views of the north glaciers of Mt. Baker.

Gold Run Pass (Tomyhoi Lake) - Trail #686 - The trail climbs and switchbacks through trees and meadows opening to a basin. Views from the meadow basin include Mt. Baker, Shuksan, and Yellow Aster Butte.

North Cascades Highway - State Route 20 - Check the Trail Guide for detailed information about individual trails.

Barlow Point - Trail #709 - The main trail skirts the foot of a large outcrop of volcanic rock. A series of gentle switchbacks brings the hiker to the crest of the ridge, which burned in the Buck Creek fire early in the century. The summit is reached at the site of the Barlow Point Lookout, which has excellent views of the South Fork Sauk and South Fork Stillaguamish valleys.

Dickerman Mountain - Trail #710 - This trail ends at the summit of Dickerman Mountain ending at the 5723 foot summit. Views are spectacular in all directions. Blueberry patches, wildflowers, blazing fall colors.

Mt. Pilchuck - Trail #700 - This trail travels along the edge of an old clearcut and continues on through exposed rocky areas eventually ending at the lookout. Beautiful views can be seen from here of Puget Sound, lowlands, San Juan Islands.

North Lake - Trail #712.1 - The trail proceeds uphill very steeply through switchbacks until reaching a ridge. The views are spectacular.

Deer Creek - Kelcema Lake - Trails #717 & #718 - This 23 acre lake sets in a edsteafsubalpine setting and the views are quite spectacular.

Lost Creek Ridge - Trail #646 The trail has numerous switchbacks, wide views of peaks, alpine lakes and a long ridge of green meadows making it one of the prettiest areas in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. Once reaching the ridge along Lost Creek, the trail becomes a matter of following boot tread, blazes and cross-country travel, however the going is fairly easy and spectacular.

Meadow Mountain - Trail #657 - The trail climbs gradually before coming out at one of the meadows. The meadows on this trail are reported to be some of the prettiest in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. Spectacular views of Mt. Pugh and Glacier Peak.

Mt. Pugh - Trail #644 - The trail travels through deep forest before reaching 3.5-acre Lake Metan. The trail continues on reaches timberline at Stujack Pass. Excellent views can be found from here.

North Fork Sauk - Trail #649 - This trail begins in a rain forest climbing through avalanche tracks, following the river. Numerous switchbacks make for a hard climb ending at the Pacific Crest Trail. Splendid views and alpine meadows make it well worth the effort.

Red Mountain - Trail #651 This seldom used trail leads through an old growth forest with magnificent large trees to the site of an old fire lookout. Views are spectacular.

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