Take a hike
Mt. Baker area offers thick woods, easy hikesNext time you're looking for a great base of operations for short, easy hikes into thick woods, consider the Mt. Baker Foothills and, in particular, Silver Lake. There's water recreation and hikes all close by.
Silver Lake is part of a 412-acre park that was once a private fishing resort -- which means there are cabins there to rent. Whatcom County took it over 48 years ago and the lake now offers swimming boating, fishing and 5,700 feet of shoreline.
Boat rentals are available and there's a playground in the area. Nearby there are a number of short trails -- half mile to almost 2 miles -- where you'll see thick forest and lots of the Great Outdoors. The trails are flat and family-friendly.
If you drive a little further east on the Mt. Baker Highway – not all the way up -- you'll come to Nooksack Falls, which is just a few miles beyond the town of Glacier. You can take a short walk from the highway to a vantage point practically on top of the falls and close enough to get a true sense of the power of 88-foot falls. These falls, in fact, were included in the movie the Deer Hunter.
On the way to Nooksack Falls, you'll pass Horseshoe Bend Trail, which is considered one of the best hikes in the foothills. This is a good one for young kids, although it gets a little more difficult in the latter half -- it's three miles altogether. But the first third of the trail is flat and easy for kids to hike.
RECOMMENDED LODGING: Mount Baker Lodging