Main Trail

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 48.63930°N / 121.807°W
Additional Information Route Type: Hike - Snow (winter)
Additional Information Time Required: Less than two hours
Additional Information Difficulty: Walk-up
Sign the Climber's Log


  • Take exit 230 off I-5 head East the you'll have to turn left and then right again (well marked) to stay on Hwy 20
  • Follow State Route 20 EAST to milepost 82
  • Turn LEFT (north) on Baker Lake Highway (Forest Service Road #11)
  • Continue on the Baker Lake Hwy for 12 miles
  • Turn LEFT on F.S. Road #12 stay left at forks
  • After 7 miles turn LEFT on Road #1230
  • After 4 miles the trailhead and parking area are located in at the end of the road

  • Current Road Conditions

    Route Description

    Beginning Elev. 3,900ft
    Length 1.5 miles each way
    Elevation gain 1,400ft
    Easy trail hike

    • Starting at the trailhead, Blue Lake Trail #604, follow the trail a mostly flat 1/4 mile to a junction with the Dock Butte Trail.
    • Take the right fork and begin hiking up moderate wooded slopes bearing SW. left fork leads .5 miles to Blue lake, good campsites and water.
    • After 1/2 mile the trail gains a ridge. Pocket views of Mt. Shuksan start here. .
    • In another 1/4 mile you enter sub-alpine meadows full of wildflowers. Views of Baker are breathtaking and completely unobstructed. .
    • From here hike SW, the obvious summit will finaly become visible about 400ft up the meadows..
    • Here you have a choice.
      • The left fork is a direct and steep (for a hike) ridge-climb that is slightly exposed in sections. Easy for a climber
      • the right fork bears right and switchback more moderately up to the summit. There is one section that involves and easy root climb. This fork is easier and less strenuous
    • The summit is a treat, and old fire lookout once stood here. Decend the route.


    Dock butte would be a spectacular winter vantage. Beware though of Avalanche Conditions on North facing slopes. Check Snow Level andCheck Avalanche Report Skiing through the forested section would be difficult, you'll have to bring snowshoes even if skiing. The meadow-summit section would provide ~1,000ft of good skiing, but I'd probably just shoe it up and down.

    Essential Gear

    Route can be done in trailrunners. Bring bug spray. No suitable water is available on the route, water is available at Blue lake.


    Mountaineering boots
    Snowshoes and poles
    Shovel, Beacon, Probe!!!

    Miscellaneous Info

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