|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.
|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.