|Shadow of the Sentinels Trail
Last fall, I did a great loop through the North Cascades, hiking, camping, and blogging about many of the trails and sites. This spring, I hiked one of the several trails I had written about, but hadn't had time to try: the Shadow of the Sentinels near Baker Lake.
America the Beautiful" access pass, which is valid at all sites managed by the US Forest-Service and some other agencies).
The trail itself is a .5 mile loop, surfaced mainly with pavement and boardwalk. The path is mostly level, and I was able to push myself, except for one short but steep hill on a boardwalk, where I needed help. The transitions between pavement and boardwalk were flat. There were a couple spots where roots were pushing up through the pavement, but I think they could be passed by all types of wheelchairs.
|Tremendous number of downed
trees in early spring
|Damaged trail and temporary
"bridge" constructed to
go around it
The trail is covered with snow in winter, and it is subject to fallen trees in spring, so the best time to hike in a wheelchair is probably summer to mid-fall.
The trail is relatively easy to find. Drive east on Hwy 20 for about 17 miles, and turn left on to Baker Lake Road at Milepost 82. Then drive north for about 15 miles.
|Baker Lake Dam (road with a view)
For an stunning view, it is worth taking a short side-trip across the Baker Lake Dam between Baker Lake and Lake Shannon, 2.3 miles south-east of the trailhead.