Baker Hot Springs Hike
The Baker Hot Springs is an awesome spring tucked into the trees in Mount Baker National Forest. As far as natural hot springs go, this one is quite nice, and the water sits at a pleasant temperature. The hot springs don’t get very busy, especially if you go in the evening or during the week.
The trail to the springs is very short and quite easy. At only 1.0 km long, it’s a trip that can be done in just a few minutes, making access to the springs a breeze. There aren’t any big views on the trail, but you’ll get to enjoy the forest as you go.
These hot springs are uncontrolled and unrestricted. Some bathers choose to go nude. While this isn’t exceptionally common, keep it in mind if you plan to bring the whole family.
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Route Description for Baker Hot Springs Hike
Baker Hot Springs is a perfectly warm natural spring hidden in the trees of Mount Baker National Forest. This little pool is great as far as natural hot springs go, and while it’s not usually very busy at all, hikers and visitors come here to unwind throughout the seasons.
The spring is quite small, so while it’s usually not too busy, we do recommend visiting outside of peak hours if you can. Additionally, some visitors prefer to bathe in the nude, so we recommend choosing a more public spot if you have kids in tow.
The road to the trailhead is in poor condition with lots of potholes and washouts. Take a capable vehicle and be prepared to park down the road and walk the rest of the way in if necessary. Also, you’ll be hiking through fairly thick forest, so long pants and proper footwear should be worn.
Park at the trailhead, where there’s a decently-sized turnout. From the trailhead, take the route that branches off to the southwest. The route can be quite muddy, but it takes most people only 10 or 15 minutes to hike to the springs.
At the springs, settle in and relax. Thankfully, the smell of sulfur isn’t as strong here as it is at some other nearby hot springs. Once you’re ready to leave, retrace your steps back.
A final note: please pack out what you pack in. Users report picking up trash on the trail and near the springs, and while it’s kind to do so, we should all be taking our trash with us at the end of our adventures.
Hiking Route Highlights
Baker Hot Springs
Baker Hot Springs is a natural hot spring in Mount Baker National Forest. The spring has room for about 7-10 people and stays consistently at bath temperature. While there’s a bit of sulfur in the air, it’s not as strongly scented as most hot springs, thankfully.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you need to make a reservation for the Baker Hot Springs?
No reservations are required. These springs are uncontrolled and unrestricted.
Is there a fee for the Baker Hot springs?
The springs are uncontrolled, so there is no fee for them.
Insider Hints for Baker Hot Springs Hike
- A Northwest Forest Pass is required for this hike.
- The bacteria levels in the water here aren’t monitored regularly, so swim at your own risk.
Getting to the Baker Hot Springs Hike Trailhead
The trailhead for the Baker Hot Springs is on Forest Road 1130.
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