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Hike 5/29 Baker Lake East Bank

Wednesday, May 29, 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

7 miles, 400 feet elevation gain.
Meet at Everett Station Park & Ride Lot --

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Hike 5/29 Baker Lake East Bank

'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 with mighty old growth trees and spring wildflowers. We'll hike to the Maple Grove Camp area for a relaxing lunch break on the lakeshore before returning along the same route back.

Expected Conditions:

The footbridge across Anderson Creek (about 1.3 miles into the hike) was washed away this winter, so the crossing is challenging. In my judgement, most people in the group would not be comfortable with fording the creek or scooting across on a narrow log, so we will not attempt this crossing, and will not go to the Maple Grove Camp Area. We will still experience Baker Lake, but we'll modify our plans. We will hike the first 1.3 miles to the creek, which is a beautiful and easy section of trail with nice forest and lots of wildflowers. This will also allow us to visit the site of the washed-out bridge. Assuming the bridge is not repaired by then, we'll return to the trailhead. We'll then make a stop at Baker Dam for qucik stroll and picture-taking (there's a great view of Mt. Baker if it's clear). To fill out our day, we'll then plan to drive to the Baker River Trail at the end of Baker Lake Road. There's some relatively easy hiking there, and a large footbridge across the Baker River that is NOT washed out (last I checked).  We'll aim to walk about 3 miles or so there.

Other Considerations:

Wear good traction hiking shoes or boots, the more waterproof, the better. Use trekking poles for the occasional uneven ground or small stream crossing. Pack food and water in your pack. We most likely would wind up having lunch at the Baker RIVER trailhead before heading out on the trail there.

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