Whooshing down slopes or navigating the back-country in quiet solitude.¬† Mt. Baker provides ample opportunities for winter snow sports.¬† Ensure a fabulous time by bringing proper equipment, appropriate clothing, current weather reports and a positive attitude!
Snowboarders and skiers enjoy a variety of terrain, day lodges, ski lessons and rentals. Mt. Baker has the longest season in
the state and the most snow in North America.
8 quad chairs, 2 rope tows
Runs: 31% Expert, 45% Intermediate, 24% Beginner
Salmon Ridge Area
Provides up to 15 miles (25km) of trail depending on snow. Trails are groomed on a volunteer basis and is not guaranteed. Trail use is free, but a Sno-Park Permit is required to park at the trail head. The Trail is located about 13 miles beyond the town of Glacier on the Mt. Baker Highway, State Route 543 (between mileposts 46/47), and is across the road from Silver Fir Campground (Razor Hone Road #3070 and Anderson Road #3071). Read Todd’s blog post: Learning How to Cross Country Ski at Salmon Ridge (Mt. Baker).
Most snowshoe trails can be found off the Mt Baker Highway (State Route 542), about a one-hour drive from Bellingham. These trails offer scenic views, beautiful waterfalls, majestic old-growth forest, unique geologic formations, mountain peaks and wild river valleys. Plentiful feet of snow can be found throughout the Mt Baker Snoqualmie National Forest every winter. Fresh snow falls regularly on trails near and on Mt Baker from November-April.
Recent media story featuring Mt. Baker snowshoeing:
The finishing touches are being made on a new 2-mile snowshoe route near the Mt Baker Ski area. Snowshoers will enjoy this new loop that starts at White Salmon Road, goes over the Razor Hone Creek Recreation Bridge, then back up a different route to complete the loop. Just last year, a different new snowshoe route was established leading from White Salmon Road to the lower trail system around Razor Hone Road.
Bellingham-based organizations like Whatcom Events (the group that organizes the annual Ski to Sea Race) and the Mount Baker Club and REI are working together, along with volunteers to establish more snowshoe routes and events in Whatcom County.
Other snowshoeing trails off the Mt Baker Highway (State Route 542):
Coal Pass, FS 39:¬† Just east of the town of Glacier and milepost 34, turn south on Glacier Creek Rd/FS 39.
Excelsior Trail: There is a sizeable parking lot at the trailhead on the north side of SR 542, east of milepost 42. A steep, forested trail leads to the open meadows of Welcome Pass. ¬† Route finding skills recommended.
Hannegan Pass: Just east of the DOT equipment sheds by milepost 46. There is a sizeable parking area where Hannegan Road meets SR 542.
Silver Fir Campground: ¬†Across from the large SnoPark east of milepost 46. Flat, amid old growth, by the Nooksack River.
Bagley Lakes: Just west of Mt. Baker Ski Area. Drive SR 542 to the end. Park in the farthest corner of the farthest parking lot to access the Bagley Lakes Trail.
Artists Point: Follow SR 542 to the end. Park in the farthest corner of the farthest parking lot.
There are two groomed trails off the Mt. Baker Highway 542; Canyon Creek (Road#31) and Glacier Road (Road#39). Snowmobiling is allowed when the road systems are closed to vehicles and there is sufficient snow pack (24″). These Trails are designated Washington State Sno-Park and you need to show your permit in your vehicle window when parked at Sno-Parks.
One popular place to sled is at Highwood Lake near the Mt. Baker Ski Area. Sled at your own risk and check ice thickness and condition for safety.
Snow Sports Download
Note: Listings marked with a have a photo and/or description when you hover your mouse pointer over their name.