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Intermediate Hike - Scott Paul Trail - Mount Baker

PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION IN ITS ENTIRETY AND THE ACCOMPANYING LINKS SO SEE IF THIS HIKE IS APPROPRIATE BEFORE YOU RSVP. I reserve the right to remove you from this hike if I deem it too difficult for you or if you have had too many no shows or last minute cancellations (I do forgive a few)

This is a 2 plus hr drive from ash way park and ride.  I hope to be hiking by 9am.

This will probably be my last scheduled hike for August (more to come in September)

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/scott-paul-trail

Statistics 

•  Roundtrip 8 miles

• Elevation Gain 2000 ft

• Highest Point 5200 ft 

• Dogs on Leash

• Northwest forest Pass required at trailhead.

An excellent loop that doesn't really go anywhere, unless you count miles of brilliant alpine meadows and rugged glacial moraine slopes as worthy destinations. Enjoy a scenic journey at the base of Mount Baker, complete with breathtaking close-ups of the hulking volcano as well as sweeping views of the surrounding sea of North Cascades peaks.

Driving Directions

From Burlington (exit 230 on I-5), head east on the North Cascades Highway (State Route 20) for 23 miles, turning left (north) onto Baker Lake Road (between mileposts 82 and 83). Continue 12 miles and turn left on Forest Road 12 (the turnoff is 0.2 mile after you enter the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest). Drive 3.5 miles, turn right onto FR 13 (signed "Mt Baker National Recreation Area"), and follow it for 5.2 miles to its terminus at the large trailhead parking area (elev. 3300 ft). Primitive camping and privy available.




GROUP HIKING
Hiking with a group is very different from hiking as an individual. Each hiker has a responsibility to the group, as the group has a responsibility to each hiker. Participants  should plan to stay with the group for the duration of the hike.


CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
Dress for the Pacific Northwest out-of-doors: expect rain, snow, sunshine, fog and everything between.

Yak Trax or Microspikes may be Manditory on this hike.  Please make sure you bring a pair along with you.  Winter has started in the mountains and can make for slippery conditions

HIKER ESSENTIALS
You Should Have:
BACK PACK WITH
FOOD, WATER,
EXTRA CLOTHING,
RAINGEAR,
FLASHLIGHT, MATCHES,
HIKING BOOTS OR HIKING SHOES,
MAP & COMPASS, FIRST AID KIT,
EMERGENCY SHELTER


Extra clothes, at minimum, should include a warm hat, gloves and a warm shirt/top. Cotton is not advised. Synthetic materials such as fleece and wool are better alternatives.
Some circumstances could require you to spend the night outside.
Being prepared is for your safety and the safety of the group.

Dogs are required to be leashed on this hike and have their owner present. If you decide you want to unleash your dog, it must be under voice control, stay on the trail, and away from leashed dogs. Give your self and dog adequate space from others. Please respect other hikers on the trail and restrain your dog when approaching or being approached by others

Basically, the closer in and more popular the hike and bigger the group the more insistent I am that dogs remain on leash. You should come expecting to have your dog leashed at all times.

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  • Kathy L.

    I think this may be my favorite hike ever and the star of the show never made an appearance. Mt Baker stayed shrouded throughout but there was plenty of interesting terrain and amazing scenery. My battery ran out before the beauty did. And the blueberries and huckleberries are plentiful and delicious, too.
    An FYI, the suspension bridge could be a little dicey with dogs, didn't take mine and glad I didn't have to deal with them over that.

    August 17, 2014

    • Kathy L.

      I think Lexus may have been able to make it but definitely not the corgi. But Lexus would probably do the bridge. Water was so murky hard to tell how deep and rocky it was.

      August 18, 2014

    • Collene

      OK thanks! There is no way Jeb would ever do that bridge!

      August 19, 2014

  • Collene

    Great photos!

    August 17, 2014

  • Vanessa

    Fergus needing rest so won't be coming as of Saturday. Have a great day!

    August 16, 2014

    • Kathy L.

      Sorry you are missing this Vanessa. Hope fergus improves soon

      August 16, 2014

    • Vanessa

      Thanks, Kathy. Thinking of you all longingly and hope you have a great hike. Need to be cautious with corgi when this flares up.

      August 17, 2014

  • Kathy L.

    Just making sure who is coming. If only the three of us we can all fit in my car. Blue Hyundai Tucson. See you at 6:30 at ash way park and ride( I park nearest the entrance to 164th. Come prepared for a full day( lunch, water, snacks. Hiking poked highly recommended. [masked]

    August 16, 2014

  • Vanessa

    Dan has decided to come along. Would you prefer us to drive ourselves and meet you at the trailhead? Also, there is one caveat: Fergus is having a little shoulder stiffness and is being put on a no-activity and aspirin regime. I'm assuming for now that he'll be okay by Sunday. Hope so because I'm aching to get out there. Was at a three day meeting at Baker Lake last weekend and had to look at it all through a window!

    August 14, 2014

  • Collene

    This should be great - In 2012 I did Park Butte from the same TH. You should try to double-check w/ ranger about the Rocky Creek crossing just after Schriebers Meadow - this is the one that does not have a bridge. When I hiked in Sept. 2012 there were tons of signs at the TH about how high the water in the creek was, but the crossing in the early AM was no big deal at all. However, it certainly did get a lot deeper by PM, although still easy to cross. Just something to keep in mind that water levels can change a lot and be prepared for some wading there.

    August 13, 2014

  • Vanessa

    So pleased you are doing this. I was up there this week on a work-related retreat and can't wait to get back with Fergus. Is a carpool from Ash Way possible?

    August 11, 2014

    • Kathy L.

      Sure, Vanessa, just you and fergus or is dan coming, too,

      August 11, 2014

    • Vanessa

      I'm thinking its just me and my bad boy (Fergus, that is).

      August 12, 2014

  • Junaid

    Looks like a very scenic hike. Would like to carpool from Ashway P&R.

    August 12, 2014

  • Ginger Bracamontes C.

    Oh, this looks like a great one! So sorry to miss it. Steve and I are going backpacking in the Goat Rocks area Sun-Tues. I miss all of you ladies! I haven't seen you guys in forever, it seems!

    August 11, 2014

    • Kathy L.

      You seem to have a pretty awesome trip planned yourself, ginger. Have fun and see you soon.

      1 · August 11, 2014

  • Bec L.

    Is the Clothing & Equipment listed above required for this hike? Wondering as I am still "collecting" these requirements.

    August 11, 2014

    • Kathy L.

      Pretty much, bec. We are pretty far out on this hike so you need to come prepared for a long hike.

      August 11, 2014

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