The Horseshoe Bend trail is located just off the Mt. Baker Highway, a short distance northeast of the Town of Glacier. The trail starts on banks of the North Fork of the Nooksack River (originates from the glaciers of Mount Shuksan). This trail follows the river, crossing a number of ravines and at the highest, you are 100 m high over the Nooksack River. This is a great little trail, with some nice views and peaceful surroundings.
And while, you’re in the area, I suggest you take a look at the nearby Nooksack Falls.
It’s only 10 km (6 miles) away ! I have a photo below…
The location is on NF-33, just off the Mt. Baker Highway.
The location of Parking Lot is HERE
Remember – You will need a Northwest Forest Pass, which can be purchased in person at the Glacier Public Service Center at 10091 Mt. Baker Highway, Glacier, WA (Link to Map)
Or you can buy an epass in advance online at the Discover Your Northwest website
Border crossing tips: Bring passport, Nexus or enhanced ID !!; no fruit, no veges, no meat (this isn’t a complete list !); trailmix is okay. There is an IGA just across the border if you want to get some fruit or a sandwich for your hike.
A great resource for current conditions for this hike is the WTA website.
Check it OUT !!!
The location of Parking Lot and trailhead is HERE
Distance: 5 km (linear return)
Time: 1-3 hours
Low point: 299 m
High point: 389 m
Elevation gain: 90 m
Cumulative Elevation gain: 330 m
Trailhead: 48° 54’ 8.7” by 121° 54’ 42.2” (Google Map)
The route (with downloadable gps)…
Before heading out on your hike, make sure you are well prepared. This means, having the TEN ESSENTIALS. It is also important to leave a trip plan (route details and estimated return time) with someone you trust.
Bring your smartphone, fully charged and put it in airplane mode while hiking. I always bring back-up battery packs for extra piece of mind. It is highly recommended that you bring a GPS device; I use my smartphone with a GPS app (Backcountry Navigator). The GPS will work in airplane mode. Learn how to use it before your hike.
For anyone new to hiking, there is a rule to which hikers follow; it is called “Leave No Trace” or LNT. The concept is generally to pack out what you pack in and respect nature, so all future visitors can enjoy what you have enjoyed.
To learn more about LNT, please check out this BLOG by a certified LNT Trainer.