Summary: The views of Mt. Baker and Baker Lake from the road are spectacular. Take your camera! There are several side trips you can make from the trail to Anderson Lakes. You can hike up to Anderson Butte which is about a half mile and provides great views of the Anderson and Watson Lakes and Mount Watson. You can also take the trail to the left at the junction to hike a mile to Watson Lakes which are bigger and more scenic than Anderson Lakes. Because of the long drive, these are not too crowded.
Trailhead: From I-5 go east on Hwy 20 to the Baker Lake turnoff and go left. Follow the Baker Lake road for 14 miles and turn right on Forest Service Rd 1106. This will take you past the Kulma Kulshan Campground. Follow the signs to the Baker dam and drive over the one lane road on top of the dam. This puts you on Forest Road 1107. The trailhead is about 10 miles up this gravel road. Forest Service Pass is required to park at the trailhead. (Lat:48.67337 Lon:-121.61553)
Trail Guides for Anderson Lakes:
Pacific Northwest Hiking
by Ron C. Judd & Dan A. Nelson (Foghorn Press)
Hiking Whatcom County
by Ken Wilcox (NW Wild Books)
Day Hike North Cascades
by Mike McQuaide (Sasquatch Books)
Best Seasons: Fall, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Mt. Baker Ranger District, Sedro Woolley 360-856-5700
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Reviewed by Amars on 8/25/2008
Just got back from hiking Anderson lake (8/ 23 - 8/24), weather was nice and views were outstanding. Would be 5 stars, except for the bugs! Bring repelant. Definitely still bearable / enjoyable, but sleeping in a bivy was a (duh) mistake!
Reviewed by Kate on 8/4/2008
I just did this hike yesterday 8/3/08 and it was an amazing hike! This is a hike that doesn't just go through the trees but it opens up to beautiful alpine meadows along the way to both of the amazing scenic lakes. From Anderson lake you have a fantastic view of Mt. Baker and from Watson lake I beleive the peak that you can see is Mt. Shukson, both the lakes are well worth the hike. The hike itself we found to be rather steep and challenging in some parts. The thing about it is you go up and down on your way to the lakes so that means you have plenty of up-hill climbs on the way back when you might be tired, so keep your endurance in mind. Also the bugs were really bad and didn't allow you to sit in one spot for to long! Great Hike!!!
Reviewed by JSE on 9/17/2007
I went up with my kids (9 and 11) It was my daughters first backpacking trip. The trail was well maintained and not too difficult for the kids. We all loved it! Lots of blue berrys great trout fishing!! I can't wait to try the Watson Lake fork.
Reviewed by Gennaro on 9/8/2007
Watson Lakes is a great day hike .Lots of different Mushrooms to see.Lots of Blueberries.Will do again next Year
Reviewed by Douglas on 8/16/2006
Truly a beautiful hike. But even more beautiful and amazing is the area by the lake where we camped. There are open meadows with green grass and wildflowers that open up to a spectacular view of Mt. Baker. Incredible. Important note on directions: The forest road sign is tough to see, but it is right around mile 14. It is also the same turn as Baker Lake Dam road. You will go over the dam and up a gravel/dirt road for 10 miles. You will then see a sign for the Watson Lakes trail that will have you bearing slightly left up the road. This is where you want to go. From the sign it is only about 1/4 mile more to the trail. The same trail goes to both lakes.
Reviewed by eli on 8/9/2005
This is a great overnight hike with kids. Lots for them to do: lake, meadow, boulders. Nice campsites. Great views.
Reviewed by mark on 9/19/2004
LOVE THIS HIKE THE BEAUTY OF THE MEADOWS AND MOUNTAINS HERE IS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT! ANDERSON LAKE IS SMALL BUT U CAMP IN THIS BIG MEADOW ITS AWESOME ,THE TRAIL ACTUALLY IS HARDER ON YOUR WAY BACK. HAVE NOT WENT TO WATSON LAKE NEXT TRIP
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