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Baker River Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.7 (3)

An easy trail with great views of Shuksan and the Baker River.


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2.7

Miles

4.3

KM

Point to Point

991' 302 m

High

776' 237 m

Low

475' 145 m

Up

323' 99 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly I'd say anyone with kids over 10 would enjoy this, there's lots of fun plant species and lots of changes in outlook to prevent kiddos getting bored.

Description

This is a good mostly-year-round hiking option in the northwest corner of the state. There's a campground when you reach the terminus of the trail, with what appears to be some sort of travois-turned bed. Who is camping there in January? Grizzly Adams, is that you? It's about 6 miles roundtrip, with minimal elevation gains–perfect for the cabin fever that sets in mid-January.

View: There are several spots with great views along this trail. Mt. Shuksan can be seen as you make your way up the Baker River trail. There are also a couple of river and creek crossings over beautiful waterfalls and cerulean streams. Be warned, however, Shuksan is not visible when it’s cloudy. So if that’s why you’re swiping right on this trail, try again on a sunny day.

Snapchat-ability: The absolute worst. Since there are no significant (elevation) gains on this trail, cell service is non-existent. If you pull a Hugh Glass and get attacked by a bear, it’s gonna be a 30-mile hike before you can add your SOS to your Snap story.

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Shared By:

Janae Brewster with improvements by Tash W

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  3.7 from 3 votes

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This is a 4k first person POV hike of the Baker River Trail
May 21, 2021 near Diablo, WA
Baker River trail terminus
Oct 17, 2019 near Diablo, WA
Baker River Trail upstream view
Oct 17, 2019 near Diablo, WA
Mount Shuksan from the Baker River Trail.
Aug 17, 2016 near Diablo, WA

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Sep 10, 2020
Toto Vo
Aug 5, 2020
Jerry Timblin
Jun 13, 2020
Tim Bayer
This is worth doing again. 2.7mi
Oct 17, 2019
Tash W
5.2mi — 2h 05m