National Public Lands Day! Trails at Heather Meadows

Mt Baker Ranger District

8:30AM - 3:30PM
Sat, Sep 24, 2011

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Working at Heather Meadows is fun!

Spend your Nat'l Public Lands Day in the North Cascades, near Mount Baker. If you want spend your weekend with stunning views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan then this is the work party for you. We will spend some time working on maintaining one of the trails leading from this area.

The Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest extends from the Canadian border to Mt. Rainier National Park and is bordered on the east by the crest of the Cascade Mountain Range. It contains several Wilderness Areas including Alpine Lakes, Henry Jackson, Glacier Peak, Mt. Baker, and several smaller areas. At the southern end of the Forest the terrain is more gentle with peaks in the 5-6,000 foot range while at the northern extreme the peaks are much more spectacular with summits in the 8-9,000 range. The Forest contains two volcanoes over 10,000 feet in elevation. The Forest contains old growth forests of hemlock, Douglas fir, and cedar. Glaciation has created many lakes and deep river valleys. Flora and fauna are varied and extensive and it is even thought that a few grizzlies remain. The Forest on the west is an urban forest, bordered by the Puget Sound metropolis. Many of the trails near highways receive heavy visitation with the attendant problems while those on the eastern side of the Forest are relatively unused. Early trails were the result of exploration and prospecting. The bulk of the trail system was built in the 1920's and 30's for fire lookouts and protection. Most of these trails were built for rapid access at the expense of the environment. The current trail system is over 1,200 miles in length.

Driving directions:
From Bellingham on I-5 take exit 255 east on Mt Baker Highway 542. From Glacier, continue 22.3 miles east on the Hwy 542. We will meet at the Austin Pass Visitors Center parking lot, near mile post 55.

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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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