South Baker Lake TrailSouth Baker Lake TrailSouth Baker Lake Trail



8.0 miles round trip to Maple Grove, 8.4 miles if Anderson Point is visited.

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 1000 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. At about the 14 mile point, turn RIGHT toward Baker Dam. Drive across the dam and continue on the gravel Forest Service Road # 1107 0.7 mile to the trailhead which will be on the left.

Hike Description:

  • Descend through beautiful forest following the trail 1.6 miles above Baker Lake to Anderson Creek.

  • At Anderson Creek the hiker must cross the creek on a log which should have a hand cable on it. The original Anderson Creek Bridge was destroyed in a terrible washout some years ago.

  • Continue 0.2 mile on the far side of Anderson Creek to an intersection. The LEFT trail goes to Anderson Point, a beautiful hike through mossy forest to the shore of Baker Lake where there are camping sites.

  • Continue on the main trail northerly through forest, going in and out of small canyons. The trail will descend toward the lake and just before the lake is a side trail on the left that goes to the Maple Grove camping area at the edge of Baker Lake. This is the turn-around point. The Baker Lake Trail continues another 10 miles to the north end of Baker Lake and the parking area at the end of Forest Service Road #11.

Source: USGS

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