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Boulder Creek Campground, WA

part ofMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: Boulder Creek Campground
Status: Closed through Thu Oct 02 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Boulder Creek Campground sits along the banks of Boulder Creek in the stunning Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The unique setting offers many recreational activities and scenic views. Baker Lake is close by, and several hiking trails and climbing routes are within a short driving distance.

Natural Features:

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest showcases rugged peaks, sparkling alpine lakes and old-growth forests, providing visitors with unique and surprising landscapes.

Mt. Baker, the most prominent feature of the Mt. Baker Wilderness, dominates the landscape on a clear day. Rising to an elevation of 10,781 feet, the active volcano is perpetually snow-capped and mantled with an extensive network of creeping glaciers. Mt. Baker's summit, Grant Peak, is a 1,300-foot-deep mound of ice, which hides a massive volcanic crater.

Wildlife in the area includes mountain goats traversing the higher elevations to pine martens and porcupines in the forests. Migratory birds and native fish find ample habitat in the varied ecosystems as well.

Recreation:

The surrounding area is a prime location for hiking, climbing, boating, fishing, picnicking and horseback riding in summer and early fall, and skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months.

Baker Lake is a popular destination for boating, water skiing, canoeing, fishing and swimming. Anglers cast for kokanee, rainbow and cutthroat trout, salmon, native char and wild steelhead. The lake is within walking distance of the campground. Boat ramps are available at Horseshoe Cove, Swift Creek and Shannon Creek Campgrounds.

Baker Lake Trail is an easy family hike that begins in a majestic stand of Douglas fir. In 1843, a small eruption of Mt. Baker caused a forest fire, and visitors can still see the burned snags of virgin cedar trees that once dominated the area. The trail contours above the eastern shoreline of Baker Lake.

The Shadow of the Sentinels Trail begins just south of the campground. This accessible interpretive trail winds through a 500-year old ancient forest. Displays along the path explain the dynamics of the forest. The trail is constructed of asphalt and boardwalks with grades no greater than 8%.

Facilities:

Boulder Creek Campground accommodates both tent and RV campers, and contains a group site. Picnic tables, campfire rings and vault toilets are provided, but drinking water and hookups are not available. Visitors must bring their own supply of water.

Nearby Attractions:

Take some time to visit Cascades National Park. This unique park is like no other place on earth. It features a deep blue lake surrounded by sheer, 2,000' cliffs, two picturesque islands and a violent volcanic past. Hiking trails, a visitor center and educational programs are available.

Traverse a portion of the spectacular Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), one of the world's premier National Scenic Trails. This trail showcases some of North America's most fantastic scenery as it winds its way from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Picnic Area
  • Self-Pay Station
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • No drinking water available
  • Sites may be available on a first come-first served basis
  • Nearest fuel and phone are 25 miles away
  • Click here for more information about Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest


  • Don't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
48.71417, -121.69361
48°42'51"N, 121°41'37"W

From Seattle, go north on I-5 to Mt Vernon. Take Exit 230 on State Highway 20. Go past Sedro-Woolley and take Baker Lake Road to Baker Lake. The campground is approximately 16 miles north of Concrete, Washington.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Boulder Creek Campground
Baker Lake Road
Concrete  WA  98237

Phone Number:

Information:  (541)338-7869
Mail to: P.O. Box 8516

Coburg OR 97408

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