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View the gorgeous scenery at your own pace. Mt. Baker hosts multiple hiking trails, from easy stretches to “experienced only” trekking. The Pacific Crest trail goes right through the Mount Baker Snoqualmie Forest. Check out the trail conditions at the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest or at the Mt. Baker Hiking Club’s site. Take guided hikes or just to meet fellow hikers!
Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest
Mt. Baker Hiking Club

Some Popular Hikes
  • Table Mountain
  • Picture Lake
  • Artist Ridge
  • Hannegan Pass and Peak
  • Lake Ann
  • Heliotrope Ridge
  • Yellow Aster Butte
  • Ptarmigan Ridge
  • Skyline Divide
  • Chain Lakes Loop


Raft the Wild Nooksack River! Our friends at Wild and Scenic River Tours are the folks you want to talk with! You can read all about their Day Trips below! Wild and Scenic River Tours is a whitewater river rafting company in Western Washington state, based in Glacier, Washington. Near the cities of Bellingham, Seattle, and Vancouver,

Wild and Scenic River Tours offers river trips on various Northwest Rivers. We cater to groups of any size and will customize a trip to meet your needs. From exciting class IV Whitewater River Rafting trips to scenic river rafting trips, we can find a trip for you. We are based on the Nooksack River near Bellingham but offer regular trips on the Sauk, Skykomish, Wenatchee, and many other rivers. So come on a whitewater river rafting adventure with us today!
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The Nooksack River is one of Washington State’s last “wild” rivers. Wild salmon swim and flourish in its waters.

Primary Species:Salmon and Steelhead.
Sub-Species:Trout, whitefish.
Boat Launch:Yes, multiple access points and boat launches.
Bathrooms: No.
Opening Date:Varies by fork and species but September 1st for most.
Closing date:Varies by fork and species but December 31st for salmon.
Specific opening & closing dates:Consult the fishing regulations for the most up-to-date information and emergency closures to avoid a ticket by using the link below. Nearby, you can enjoy Silver Lake, stocked with Rainbow Trout and Coastal Cutthroat trout. Make sure to buy your fishing license online through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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Nothing is better in hot weather than cooling off with a swim when you visit Silver Lake Park. Make a SPLASH! Silver Lake Park provides various recreation opportunities just 40 minutes east of Bellingham. This foothills park is a popular family destination with boating, fishing, and boat rentals.
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Touring By Car

Mt. Baker Scenic Highway (State Route 542) stretches from Bellingham toward snow-capped Mt. Baker. The highway was built gradually in the late 1800s as an access road for the lucrative logging industry, and its rich history is well documented. At Glacier, the road passes into the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and is a designated National Forest Scenic Byway.

Towering evergreens and leaf maples line the route, with skirts of the Nooksack River peeking out at several points. In the summer, the highway ends at milepost 58 in a parking lot, giving visitors access to Artist Point and its spectacular views of Mt. Baker’s 10,781-foot peak. In the winter months, the road ends at milepost 55, the Mount Baker Ski Area – holder of the world record for snowfall in a single season and the birthplace of snowboarding.

Just the drive on Hwy 542 to its end is worth your entire trip.
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