If you are one of these people who are fed up with living in the concrete jungles of Washington State and wanted to spend weekends relaxing among Nature. Baker Hot Springs is the ideal location to Hike through the green trees and at the end relax in the Famed Hot Springs of Mount-Baker Snoqualmie National Forest.
Baker Hot Springs and Hiking Trail
Near the Baker Hot Springs is a hiking trail located in the Mount-Baker Snoqualmie National Park. It is located at a very close distance to the town of Concrete. Baker Hot Springs is one of the most beautiful Hot Springs you can witness, as it is surrounded by forests in all directions. As a result, it has been one of the most sought-out destinations for City-goers and tourists from Washington state. This Hot Springs can be reached by following a Hiking Trail through the wilderness, making it one of a kind experience. Moreover, Baker Hot spring’s elevation is almost 18 m from the Start.
The Baker Hot Springs Historically was named after Baker Lake, which is mostly recognized for its “Pristine” and The Swift Creek Camp Grounds. It has also been a popular fishing ground for various species such as Rainbow Trout, Bull Trout, Sockeye Salmon, Dolly Varden Trout, and Cutthroat Trout, and Boating.
Best time to visit Baker Hot Springs
Baker Hot Springs is open all year round, but it is most ideal for you to visit during the Summer, Fall, and Spring seasons. Although there is the possibility of visit during winter, the roads are thickly blanketed with snow everywhere, and so the vehicles cannot pass through. Apart, from Winter, the Baker Hot Springs Hiking Trail offers a great experience to watch nature around you ornate itself with different colors depending on the various seasons, as you take a dip in the Hot Springs of Baker.
Location of Baker-Hot Springs
It is located near the Town of Concrete in the State of Washington. Through the town using Google Maps, travel through Baker Lake Road which is up to 15-20 miles towards Boulder Creek Bridge. After which, take the first left on to the National Forest Development Road 1130. Follow this road for about 6 miles, which will lead to the Start of the Baker Hot Spring Trail.
Tourist places near the Baker Hot Springs.
Apart from the Famed Baker Hot Springs Trail, there are many other ideal locations for you to visit nearby,
This lake is located in Washington state of the United States of America. It is situated in the previously mentioned National Forest and River Baker valley. This lake is highly known for its picturesque landscape. The Mount Baker stands tall near the lake where if you choose to, you could spend some time. It is only 10 miles from the Town of Concrete in Washington State. The lake is spread over an area of 4800 acres, and it is fed by the many tributaries of the Baker River.
Boating is a popular recreational sport on this lake, and it might be one of the nicest experiences you ever felt as you travel through the lake. Apart, from boating, I highly recommend you to boost up your fishing skills as this place is highly known for its fauna. Before the construction of the Upper Baker Dam in 1959, the lake was a smaller water body with depths of 39 feet, which was further increased to 312 feet. With this rise in water level, the surrounding forests become more vibrant and magnificent, adding further to their beauty.
Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest
This national forest is one of the most visited forests in the United States of America due to its location closer to the Concrete. This is one of the places I highly recommend you to visit as it is one of the alluring forests you will ever have the pleasure of seeing. Trekking through this forest and listening to the sounds of the wildlife nearby is an experience like none other. This forest covers an area of almost 1,5 million acres and has various ideal tourist attractions like Baker-Lake, Baker Hot Springs, and Popular Volcanoes such as Mount-Baker and Glacier Peak.
As a result of these volcanoes spread over a large area, the Hot Springs are created for our joy. Apart from Beautiful landscapes, this is also a place with a Variety of Animals that call this forest their home such as Brown Bears, Feral Hogs, Wolves, and Mountain Goats, and much more. If you are indeed an animal lover, this might the best destination for you to catch sight of one of these wild animals in their natural habitat.
As its name suggests, It is one of the most photographic lakes in all the United States of America. The Mountain Shuksan is mirrored on Baker lake, worthy for a windows wallpaper, don’t you think? Apparently, due to this, it might be the best location for you to take pictures. Although trekking through the forest to reach this nature’s wonder might be difficult, it’s totally worth it.
Anderson and Watson Lake
This lake is located at a height of 4,400 feet from the ground, making it one of the stunning places you have come across as it is located at the top of the mountains. Therefore, to reach this lake, visitors must walk through the trail that passes through the Sub-Alpine Forests of Washington. This trail is one of the best places to witness wildlife and Untouched forests, far away from Humanity.
This trail is 9.5 km long, and it is best suited for Intermediate and Advanced Hikers. After the tiresome journey through the forest to an elevation of 4,900 feet, which gradually reduces to 4,400 feet at the lake. Although, reaching this lake can be difficult, but the gorgeous scenery you witness at the lake located on top of the mountain range makes it an unforgettable experience.
Table Mountain Trail
This trail is best suited for intermediate-level hikers. It is located nearby Baker Hot Springs. This Trail is a 4.5 km trek through the wilderness towards Maple Falls. This trail allows you to experience nature like no other. As you walk through this rocky trail snaking its way into the forest and disappearing into the wilderness which finally leads you to The Beautiful Maple Water Falls. The visitors to this trail are fewer compared to the Baker Hot Spring Trail, which in turn makes it ideal for you to spend some alone time with your loved ones or pets.
This most visited tourist destination is located near the border of the United States and Canada. It is located in the Sumas Mountain range of the Northern State of Washington. Due to the thick forests and Magnificient Sumas Mountain Range cutting through the forest at the border, it has become one of the best tourist locations in the state of Washington.
As the most recognized Mountain Peak in the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Park after Mount Baker, It is the ideal location for Advanced trekkers to hike through a 24.5 km long trail to reach Mount Shuksan Peak and the sulfide glacier on top. It is the ideal location to witness the wildlife, far away from the City. Although another trail cuts through the path, it heads into another direction leading to Mount Shuksan lake, which is only 20 km long. However, due to its rugged mountainous, and forest terrain, it is only recommended for trekking experts.
As you have understood from the above description, the Baker Hot Springs is one of the most sough-out trails in the State of Washington. Further, this trail is also one of the best camping sites if you want to spend time near Hot Springs.
Although, trekking and camping might be the best ways to spend time in the Baker Hot Springs.
The main attractions are the Hot Springs themselves. There is nothing more relaxing than to gently rinse and soak in the Hot Springs in a National forest after a stressful workweek.
Baker Hot Springs Hiking Trail
The Trail is frequented by visitors all year long due to its location close to the town of Concrete and most importantly due to the Hot Springs of Baker. Although the trail is 1 km long, it is rounded in a way that you can reach the Hot Springs Halfway through the trek and return through the trail going further to return to the starting point.
The trail is considered to be an easy one and can be achieved by all people with or without trekking experience. Also, the trail being near the hot springs the atmosphere is much more humid compared to other trails nearby, which in turn makes it a great destination if you are looking for burning your calories through trekking or running through the Hiking Trail.
And more importantly, the trail always consists of Hikers and as well Mountain Bikers on moss days of the year. So, It is not the best place to be if you want to be alone in the woods. However, the Trail consisting of Hot springs which is the only Hot Spring that is accessible easily to all the residents of the State of Washington is one of the main reasons it is highly recommended by all.
However, the distance of the trail from nearby Town Concrete and cities means there is a very small chance of encountering wildlife apart from the birds. This might be a bad thing for nature lovers, but it makes it one of the safest places in the National forest away from dangerous predators living in it.
- Easily accessible
- Only Hot Springs nearby
- Easy Trail
- Only 1 km long(best for city-goers with medium or no trekking experience)
- Less chance of encountering wildlife.
- Not ideal for Advanced or more Experienced Hikers.
- The road leading to the trail is filled with thousands of Potholes.
- Nudity near the Hot Springs
Reviews of Hot Springs Biker Trail
Going through various reviews of the trail through various websites, It is safe to say that it has mixed reactions. Although visitors are happy about soaking in the Hot Springs after the trek, most people are worried about various reasons.
- The road or the pathway leading to the Start of the trail is stated to be worse, and even it is nicknamed “The Road With A Thousand Potholes”, and most people are worried about the vehicles being damaged due to the Potholes.
- Apart from that, many are concerned with Nudity near the Hot Springs.
Although if you want to enjoy nature all by yourself, I highly recommend you to visit this place on weekdays as they are fewer or no visitors nearby.
However, these trails contain many Hot Springs which are suitable for groups of 2 to 15 people or more. The availability of multiple hot springs further guarantees that you will be able to soak in Hot Springs on any day.
From the above-mixed reviews, we can conclude that this place is one of the ideal places to enjoy your weekends. Although the journey and other factors affect the positive reactions about this location, It is still safe to say there is nothing more blissful than soaking in a hot spring after a Hike or at the end of a bad weekend.
Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ’s)
Although Baker Hot Springs Is open all year long, The spring Fall and summer seasons are the best time of the year to enjoy these hot springs. While in winter, the roads are blanketed with thick snow, which makes puts a stop to vehicles through the pass.
Signal connectivity here in the forest is not ideal to simply nonexistent. So, you should place all your smartphones in the vehicle itself.
The Hot Spring is only a quater-mile distance from the parking lot, which makes it much more accessible