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Maple Creek Loop Trail

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area
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Length

1.4 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 850 ft.

Rating

3.00 out of 5

 
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

Maple Creek Park is a 73-acre Whatcom County Park sitting just outside the town of Maple Falls. It contains a section of the developing Bay to Baker Trail, as well as a 1.4 mile-long loop trail. Along the loop are several junctions, none of them marked. To keep on the main loop, the hike is best done counterclockwise.

From the trailhead, the trail drops quickly to a crossing of Maple Creek on a new steel bridge. Just past the bridge, the first unmarked junction appears. Turn right here, on what is a segment of the future Bay to Baker Trail. In 200 yards, keep watch on the right for a narrow, unmarked trail that leads to Maple Falls.

Continue past this, following the main trail another 0.1 mile to the next junction, where the Bay to Baker goes straight. Turn left here and pass a man-made pond on your left and a meadow area on the right.

Just past the pond, find adjacent clumps of three big trees. One is a trio of Sitka spruce, and another is Western red cedar. After the tree clumps, the trail narrows and begins a half-mile climb up the hill through mostly alder forest. In the spring, bleeding heart and trillium dot the side of the trail. At the top of the hill is a ‘T’ junction, turn left here and begin dropping along an old road through a mixed conifer and hardwood forest. The trail levels out and the hiker is back to the first unmarked junction and Maple Creek.

Note on the Area: Maple Creek Park is one of fourteen county parks formed under a conservation easement with Whatcom Land Trust. The creek in the park is an important stream for the spawning and rearing of several salmon species. The upland forests provide shade for the creek, as well as habitat for array of other wildlife species. In addition to salmon in the creek, you may see bald eagle scavenging in the area during spawning season, roughly November through January. 

 

Maple Creek Loop Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.9268, -122.0793 Open map in new window

Trailhead

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

Whatcom County Parks

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Guidebooks & Maps

Maple Creek Park wa-whatcomcounty.civicplus.com/2113/Maple-Creek-Park

Getting There

From Bellingham, follow SR 542 east for 26 miles to Maple Falls. Turn left at the Shell station onto the Silver Lake Road and drive about 200 yards to Second Street. Turn left and go 100 yards to find parking for Maple Falls Community Park in a field on your right. Walk back on Second Street to the Silver Lake Road and find the Maple Creek Loop Trailhead on the north end of the parking lot of the Silver Lake Community Church.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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