Elbow Lake Trail

Mount Baker Ranger District

This work party starts at 8:30AM
Tue, Jul 26 to Thu, Jul 28, 2011

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This is a hybrid backcountry/frontcountry trip due to deep snow levels still persisting around Mt Baker. We will be working on the Elbow Lake Trail on the south side of Mt Baker. Elbow Lake itself, set in the valley northeast of the beautiful Twin Sisters Mountains, is easily accessible from both the north and the south. This is a great trail that doesn't see much in the way of maintenance and will be a great opportunity to get "out there" with the comforts of a car camp. We will be camping at the Pioneer Horse Camp at the trailhead to Elbow Lake and Bell Pass.

The trail is situated in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, in the middle of the Middle Fork Nooksack drainage, south of Mount Baker. Elbow Lake, set in the valley northeast of the beautiful Twin Sisters Mountains, is easily accessible from both the north and the south. Hikers, dogs and horses only, 7.0 miles round trip. From this route it's about 2.75 gradually ascending miles to dried up Lake Hildebrand.

Driving directions:
From Seattle drive north on I-5 and just north of Mount Vernon take exit 230 onto the North Cascades Highway, which is Highway 20. Drive on Highway 20 through Sedro Woolley and from there continue 14.5 miles to the Baker Lake-Grandy Lake Road where you turn left or north. Follow the Baker Lake road about 12 miles to the National Forest boundary. About 1/2 half mile after you enter the National Forest there is a fork in the road. Take the left fork on Forest Service Road #12 heading toward Schrieber's Meadow. Stay on #12, don't take a right up #13 to Schrieber's Meadow, and go a little over 12 miles to Pioneer Horse Camp. We'll be camping there and working the trail up to Elbow Lake. This is also the trailhead for Bell Pass. (Driving time from Seattle: approximately 2.5 hours.)

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GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head


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