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|Scenic Drives - Mt. Baker Highway (Hwy 542)|
Approximately 25 miles from Bellingham you reach Maple
Falls, where you can get gas, groceries, and stop at another
public library. The Mt. Baker Foothills Chamber of
Commerce is also located here - a good stop for local info.
Side-tripping, a left turn on Silver Lake Road leads you to
Silver Lake Park. Part of the Whatcom County Park system,
Silver Lake Park is a great RV Trekker stop, with excellent
Another few miles along the Mt. Baker Highway, you'll cross
scenic Boulder Creek, near the Baptist Bible Camp, which is
the historic site of the Conservation Corps Camp, and a little
farther along, at milepost 29.5, is the Mt. Baker View Point
Historic Marker. Another bridge over the Nooksack River
takes you into the town of Glacier, Washington, a favorite
stop for skiers and snowboarders. There's also a post office
and public library, and a U.S. Forest Service ranger station.
If you're driving the rest of the highway, this is an important
stop for services, so gas up and check your supplies. The
Glacier Chamber of Commerce is located at milepost 33,
another stop for info.
At Glacier Creek Road you can also take a 9-mile side trip
for more Mt. Baker views, including the Coleman Glacier
on the mountain's west side. Just after Glacier Creek Road,
just before milepost 36, is the entrance to the Douglas Fir
Campground, part of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National
Forest system, with 30 sites, where you can camp and hike
the Horseshoe Trail.
Another five miles up the highway from this campground are
the spectacular Nooksack Falls, at the Wells Creek Road
junction. Thirteen miles past Glacier is the last site for RV
camping, Silver Fir Campground - another Forest System
The road becomes more winding, with few side turnoffs the
farther up you go, with dramatic views as the highway clings
to the edge of the mountain. If you have a large rig, it may
be a better plan to park the RV at a campground and take
your auxiliary vehicle the rest of the way up the mountain.
And remember, even though the road is well-maintained,
there's a good chance you'll need winter traction tires, and
possibly chains or studded tires, during the late fall and
As you approach the stops for Heather Meadows, Picture
Lake, and the Mt. Baker Ski Area, you'll also pass an old
growth timber reserve.
The ski area, 55 miles up the highway, is the final stop for
many looking for world-class skiing and snowboarding. If
you don't have your own equipment rent some and take a
lesson, or chill out in the lodge.
If you want to make the whole drive, it's just another mile to
the Austin Pass picnic area and visitor's center, and another
two miles after that, to Artist Point, the final stop on the Mt.
Baker Highway. Above the timber line, at an elevation of
5,140 feet, it's worth the drive to get the view.
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