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Skyline Divide Trail

Parent Category: Hiking
Created: 13 August 2014
Location: Mt. Baker Area
Roundtrip of the trail: 9 miles
Elevation Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 6563 ft.
GPS Coordinates: 48°52'51.4"N 121°51'52.6"W
Season: Middle of July - October

Photo from North Cascades, Mt. Baker Area, Skyline Divide TrailPictures below will take you on a virtual tour along the hike, enjoy the wildlife and gourgeous scenery!


Photo from North Cascades, Mt. Baker Area, Skyline Divide Trail

Skyline Divide is one of the most popular hikes in this Mt. Baker Area. The hike is not too long, but it takes hikers through the Mount Baker Wilderness and enters wonderful flower fields with mountains in the background.

From the trailhead the path starts to climb into the magnificent forest with silver firs. The path is wide and well-maintained. The first two miles of the hike is the most difficult and steep. It should be said that these two first miles gain over 1400 feet and another 700 feet will be gained after coming to the ridge.

Photo from North Cascades, Mt. Baker Area, Skyline Divide Trail

Enjoy wonderful alpine meadows full of wildflowers in summer. Mountain Arnica, Glacier Lily, Lupine, Bracted Lousewort, Valerian, etc.

At 2 miles hikers come to the open ridge of Skyline Divide, you will surely enjoy the view of the snowy peak of Mt. Baker.
Continue going along the trail and revel in the stunning views of the mountains, the San Juan Islands, Vancouver Island and the Olympic Range.

Photo from North Cascades, Mt. Baker Area, Skyline Divide Trail

Left to the main trail there is a well-known among hikers knoll. The elevation gain on this part of the trail is 200 feet, and it provides gorgeous views of Mount Bakers.

To cut a long story short, we enjoyed this trail that wonders along Skyline Divide offers perfect views of forests, countless peaks and clear rivers. But what was the most astounding to us is a magic combination of white snow that covered the peaks and slopes of the mountains and beautiful alpine meadows full of fragile and colorful flowers! Check our latest pictures and enjoy this place!


From Bellingham

Follow the Mount Baker Highway - State Route 542. Go east for 34 miles to the Glacier Public Service Center. Turn right onto Forest Road 39 - Glacier Creek Road. Then immediately turn left onto FR 37, it is signed "Skyline Trail 12", follow this road to the trailhead.

These pictures were taken on July 27, 2014

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Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Alex Mandryko

Information: Marina Petrova

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