On the North Cascades Highway (Hwy 20) drive about 15 miles east of Sedro-Woolley to the Baker Lake Road. The road heads north-east following along side of tiny Grandy Lake, then passing Lake Shannon and then skirting the west side of Baker Lake. There are numerous campsites along the way and many logging roads branching off. There is a large concrete bridge crossing Park Creek providing great views of Mount Baker.
Mt Baker from the Baker Lake Road
After 20 miles of good paved road you’ll pass Shannon Creek Campground. From here on the road is gravel as it winds the last 5 miles along side the upper reaches of Baker Lake. Depending on the season of your visit and the water level in the lake one can see numerous stumps along the edge of this man-made lake. In the fall when the water level is low there are beautiful marshes along the lakes northern end.
North end of Baker Lake
The road ends at a large parking area where there are bathrooms and to the right a trail head. You can scramble down to the gravel bar and have a look at the river here.
It is required to have a Northwest Forest pass to park, these can be obtained at the Baker Lake Grocery store, back on Highway 20 or in Sedro-Woolley at the Forest Service national park Headquarters.
The trail is in both the North Cascades National Park and the Mount Baker National Forest. Here is a link to a web site describing the trail.
Staying on the main trail, you soon pass several huge jumbles of boulders on the left, forming all sorts of caves and cool places to explore. My favorite place along the trail soon appears on the right, a short scramble down to the river bed and bushwack through brush out onto the gravel bar. The river makes a long sweeping curve.
Baker River and Hagan Mountain
This is a perfect place to play. the gravel bar is wide and a great place to camp. There are fire rings and many huge logs and debris for building forts and side channels for swimming.
Autumn Fun along Baker River