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TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2010

Mt. Baker National Recreation Area, Washington, USA

Located in Washington State, 50 kilometers east of the city of Bellingham, Mount Baker National Recreation Area offers a spectacular locale with breathtaking views, snow capped mountains, thundering waterfalls and forests as far as the eye can see. The region supports dozens of activities throughout the year ranging from hiking, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, sledding and snowshoeing to suit all ages and abilities. Its stunning Cascade Mountain locale and lack of development brings nature enthusiasts from around the world to enjoy its beautiful surroundings and to see its points of interest such as Nooksack Falls and Picture Lake or even to climb its 10,778 foot high peak.

Mount Baker cabin and mountain top in summer - Washington, USA.British Columbia is home to many natural wonders - as is our neighbour to the north, the United States of America - specifically, Washington State, one of the most picturesque locales in the country filled with snow-capped mountains, thundering waterfalls and endless national forests. Mt. Baker National Recreation Area is one of these spectacular regions and is located not far from the Canadian border. Winding roads take visitors to breathtaking heights where views of the Cascade mountain range, forests and lakes are truly awe-inspiring and can be accessed throughout the year. During the winter the top of the mountain is transformed into a popular ski resort with sledding, snowshoeing and other activities while spring, summer and fall see hikers and tourists enjoy the views and abundant wildlife.

The lower elevation offers places to explore, hikes and points of interest such as the small town of Glacier (map) - the last stop before the climb up the mountain. Here, ski rentals, lodgings and small town charm provide a nice rest stop. Further into the valley, the Nooksack river is a beautiful sight with water from the melting snow feeding the awe inspiring Nooksack Falls.Mount Baker cabin and mountain top in winter - Washington,
USA. The surrounding forest is also home to several large trees and small hikes which show off the regions temperate rain forest. The drive up the mountain offers views of the forests below and the snowy mountains. Mount Baker is the fourth highest mountain in Washington State (at 10,778 feet - 3,285 meters) and is covered by snow year round and is also a dormant volcano.

If you're heading up to Mount Baker don't miss Nooksack Falls, the pull offs along the road up to admire the spectacular views, don't miss Picture Lake at the top of the mountain (and its stunning reflection of the snow covered lower peaks) and eat wild blueberries along the trail in fall, have lunch at the top of the picnic area (don't forget to bring food!) and of course, pay a visit to some of the area's fabulous hiking trails which range in difficulty and length!

Whether summer or winter, Mount Baker offers stunning panoramas and activities for all ages. Take a trip to this beautiful region of Washington State!

Wall of skis in the town of Glacier at the foot of Mount Baker, Washington, USA.

Nooksack Falls at the Mount Baker National Recreation Site in Washington, USA.

Stone cabin at the top of Mount Baker National Recreation Area in Washington, USA.

Flora and fauna such as these Grouse are abundant throughout the Mount Baker region in Washington, USA.

Road through Mount Baker National Recreation Area in summer -Washington, USA.

Road through Mount Baker National Recreation Area in winter - Washington, USA.






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