Horseshoe Bend

Difficulty Distance Elevation Gain
 Easy 1.4 Miles Round-trip 350


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From I-5, take State Highway 542 (Mount Baker Highway) east. After crossing the Nooksack River, milepost 36, turn right into a small, roadside lot. The trailhead is located just to the left of the bridge across from the Douglas Fir Campground.


After heading down a set of wooden stairs, turn left. Going to the right goes under the bridge and into the Douglas Fir Campground.

After a while, you'll venture under some power lines and connect with a dirt road. Turn right on the road. After about 100 yards, you'll reconnect with the trail as it dives right.

Shortly after negotiating several switchbacks and a steep section of the trail, you'll approach another stream crossing. This is about 1.5 miles from the beginning and a good turn-around point. The trail does continue beyond the stream crossing, but it becomes overgrown and harder to follow.

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