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Hike 5/27 Baker Lake East Bank Trail
Friday, May 27, 7:30am - 5:30pm
7 miles, 400 feet elevation gain
'Ooh' and 'ahh' at the picture-postcard view of Mount Baker as you hike alongside a large reservoir with views across to the mighty volcano. New footbridges and trail improvements make for a delightful trek through grand forests and spring wildflowers.
Hikers have been frequenting this trail in recent weeks, and reports seem to imply the trail is in good condition, but with a number of blow downs that one must step over or around. We'll hike from the trailhead on the forest service road at elevation 950 feet. The trail gently parallels the lake shore, usually some distance above it, with occasional glimpses through the trees to the lake. There are a number of streams and creeks to cross, most of which are no problem if you step with care. The larger creeks have good footbridges. We reach the lake at the Maple Grove Backpacker's Campground about 3.5 miles from the start, which is where we have lunch and turnaround. The lake is a reservoir, and the water level is usually somewhat low in the spring, filling up by summer.
Good traction footwear are in order here, and trekking poles may come in handy at times. If the weather is or has been wet, gaiters might help keep you a little cleaner along the sloppier sections. This can be a really busy trail this time of year, but we'll hope to catch it the day before all the holiday weekend crowds arrive.