to Baker Trail Volunteers
Stewards of the Outdoors
October 20th Photo>>>
October 20th Slide Show
October 13th Slide Show
The Mount Baker Club and REI extends a big
"Thank You" to the following volunteers for
helping to plant the native trees along the Bay
to Baker Trail on October 13th and 20th:
September 4, 2007
This is very good news indeed for
all of us here in the Foothills.
The need for trail system(s) has
been a prevalent theme in many
community discussions and workshops,
and the need for walkable
communities and corridors between
communities in the Foothills is a
common thread that binds many
diverse groups here.
This is such a great community and I
know there is strong support for the
Bay to Baker Trail. This is very
exciting news indeed!
Secretary, Board of Trustees
CITIZENS OF COLUMBIA VALLEY
The "Bay to
Baker" (B2B)trail will eventually run from downtown
Bellingham to the Mount Baker ski area, covering
approximately 74 miles, making it one of the
most unique trails in the country. The
Mount Baker Club has adopted 7.5 miles of this
trail, running from Maple Falls to Glacier.
Mount Baker Club members follow the tradition of
stewardship established by Charles F. Easton,
one of the club's original founders, by donating
over 300 volunteer hours to the trail parties as
of April 2007.
Organizations and businesses are needed to
adopt remaining portions of this trail.
- High School Seniors are encouraged to complete
their culminating project on the Bay to Baker
Trail in their community.
Completed Trail Parties
Baker Trail in Whatcom County - Summer 2007
Report provided by Whatcom County Parks and
At locations where the trail needs to be
relocated due to the Nooksack River’s change in
course, and in areas where the existing right of
way ownership does not provide a practical trail
route, acquisition of alternative right of way
is being pursued. To date, we have had good
success in many areas along the seven mile
The excellent efforts by the Mt. Baker Club have
opened up lengthy sections of the existing trail
right of way. This involved a great deal of
strenuous labor that is difficult to appreciate
without actually being involved in a work party,
Pulaski in hand, devils club and blackberry
ripping one’s clothes and tangling and tripping
Whatcom County Parks trail crew opened up the
remaining overgrown sections of right of way
over the summer. The only sections not cleared
of brush at present are sections where the route
has not been determined.
2’ x 2’ concrete blocks have been placed at
locations where the newly cleared trail right of
way crosses existing roads. This was done to
block entrance by cars and trucks. In addition,
signage reading “No Motorized Vehicles” has been
A consultant from Sahale LLC of Seattle, WA was
called in to assess and recommend bridge
placement and design at Maple Creek, Hedrick
Creek and Cornell Creek. Based on Sahale LLC’s
report grant funding can be applied for and
permitting can move forward.
A re-route has been determined to bypass the
section of trail washed out by the Nooksack
River between the Mt. Baker wayside interpretive
sign and the Glacier Springs development. This
re-route will include a switchback trail up the
bank to the level of Mt. Baker Highway and three
A land disturbance permit for the general
construction of the trail surface is being
completed along with the appropriate
environmental regulatory permits. This permit
will propose two phases of construction, the
first including all work that does not need
additional structural building permits (such as
bridges) and the second phase including all
Upgrading of the first 2000 feet of trail from
Vaughn Ave. in Glacier, west to the Sierra
Pacific logging road is permitted and is
scheduled to start on September 24th.
Construction will take about one week. The
replacement of the Boulder Creek Bridge is
proceeding as scheduled.
Map of Bay to Baker Trail
(Route is subject to change)
Additional Trail Party Dates...
Volunteer to Plant Native Vegetation on B2B.
Please print and post this
< flyer > at
your work or school.
The weekend work parties will be on October 13th
and 20th for planting native shrubs and trees
along the Bay to Baker Trail. We will be
carpooling so invite your friends. On October
13th and 20th, we will meet:
9:00 AM at Sunnyland School in
Bellingham, at the parking lot on the SE corner
of Maryland and James St.
9:30 AM at the parking lot of Mt. Baker High
10:00 AM at the public restrooms in Glacier
next to Grahams Restaurant. The planting
activity will end at approximately 2:00 PM on
each day. Call 360-392-1015 for questions.
Groups Can Select Their Own Trail Party Dates
If your group would like to volunteer for a Trail Party, and none of the
upcoming dates work, please call 360-392-1015 (Bellingham). A
different date can be chosen for groups such as Boy Scouts, outdoor groups
at schools, and others.
Completed Trail Parties:
Earth Day 2007 with
International Friendship Club of Whatcom Community
College - April 21, 2007
Bay to Baker
Trail October 2006
WorkSource Youth Work On Bay to Baker Trail April 11, 2006
Work Party Photos
April 2006 Earth Day
Work Party Photos
Work Party Photos(14)
September, 2005 No photos.
August 13, 2005
Work Party Photos (10)
July 30, 2005
Work Party Photo (1)
Trail Work Volunteer Sign Up
Photos of Glacier to Cornell Creek BEFORE
Work Parties on July 3, 2005
Glacier to Cornell Creek Map
Scouting Hike photos
on the Bay to Baker Trail from Maple Falls to Glacier on Sunday, March 13, 2005.
Bellingham Herald Story
Mount Baker Club
Trail Work Volunteer Sign Up
Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Program
City of Bellingham
Downtown portion of Bay to Baker Trail
Whatcom Council of Governments
Chain of Trails
Bay to Baker Trail Work Party (See Activities)
Mount Baker Club members
and Whatcom County Parks and Recreation scouting the route for
the Maple Falls to Glacier portion of the Bay to Baker Trail on
May 17, 2005.
Pictured L to R are:
Al Heezen, Lynne Givler
(Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Programs) Jan Salo,
Jackie Cochinos. Not pictured but on hike were Richard
Cochinos, Hermod Bakke, Mel Monkelis.