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NORTH BAKER LAKE HIKE TO NOISY CREEK

A 9 mile round trip hike along part of the Baker River and the north shore of Baker Lake.

A Whatcom County hike.


The Pacific Northwest Trail utilizes the fourteen-mile Baker Lake Trail which is on the east side of Baker Lake.

This is a lower elevation hike, beginning about 800 feet above sea level and gaining about 300 feet in elevation. It is accessible quite a few months of the year.

Data: This hike is in the Mount Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest. A Forest Service parking permit is required to park at the trailhead. SWITMO rates this as an easy to moderate hike.

Driving Instructions: Drive east of Sedro-Woolley on State Route 20. At about milepost 82.5, turn LEFT onto the Baker Lake Road. The Baker Lake Road eventually becomes Forest Road #11. Drive northerly on the Baker Lake /Forest Road #11 about 25 miles to road-end at a very large parking lot near the Baker River. Part of the Baker Lake Road is paved but the part beyond the Swift Creek bridge is gravel.

Hike Description:

  • Hike the wide, well-maintained trail through tall-tree forest and huge boulders about 0.5 mile to the large suspension bridge over the Baker River. Cross the bridge. The trail that does not cross the bridge is the Baker River Trail; it is 2 miles from there to the end of the trail at Sulfide Creek. This is a beautiful trail.

  • Follow the trail as it meanders along the side of Baker River. The first creek the hiker comes to is Blum Creek with a fine bridge over it. Notice the rock cribbing work done by Pacific Northwest Trail crews on the north side of the bridge.

  • In two miles the hiker comes to a raging creek with another fine bridge. This is Hidden Creek and the Hidden Creek Dog-leg Bridge.

  • The trail continues through forest above Baker Lake and near 4.5 miles from the trailhead it reaches the Noisy Creek area. Before the hiker reaches the bridge over Noisy Creek, note an intersection not too far from Noisy Creek. The right trail goes to the Noisy Creek Camp and out onto the point.

  • The hiker should be sure to take the left trail up hill a little way to see the huge fir, estimated to have been growing there since before Columbus discovered America.

  • Now the hiker should continue on the main trail a short distance to Noisy Creek itself. This is the turn-around point. The trail continues southerly along the Baker Lake shore for another 9.5 or more miles to the trailhead at the south end of the lake.



Source: USGS

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