Skyline Divide

Last week I did this hike and it was cloudy, rainy and there were no views, so I just had to come back !! My first post for this hike is HERE. The hike today was just gorgeous, with the sun shining all day. The hike takes you into the northern foothills of Mt. Baker, a 3,286 m volcano.  The Skyline Divide Trail is in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The area is amazing and you’ll see it in the photos below. Last week we also missed our intended trail, but today, I made sure we took the correct turn. There is a 20 km gravel road to travel to make it to the trailhead – I had no problems with my car – just slow due to potholes and the occasional grouse on the trail.

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 ok. 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 the start of the forestry road (NF-37) to the trailhead is HERE

Here are the stats:

Distance: 13.6 km (return)
Time: 6.25 hours
Low point: 1306 m
High point: 1991 m
Elevation gain: 685 m
Cumulative Elevation gain: 1280 m
Trailhead: 48° 52’ 49.4” by  121° 51’ 53.5” (Google Map)

Here’s the route…

Here are the photos from today…

Mt. Baker through the flowers







Way up to ridgeline peak

Wild flowers flowing down hillside


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.


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