Horseshoe Bend Trail Information

Horseshoe Bend Trail

Location: Near the town of Glacier WA.
Rating: Easy to moderate difficulty.
Length: 1.5 miles (out and back).
Elevation: 250 feet.
Time to Visit: Practically all year, but make sure to check conditions.
Access: You will need a Northwest Forest Pass.

Conveniently located along the Mount Baker Highway, this year-round gem offers a gentle 1.5 mile out-and-back trail perfect for the whole family.  The gentle and well maintained trail path makes it welcoming for hikers of all skill levels and ages. While the trail is most likely able to be hiked in any time of the year, it is best to exercise caution and check online for trail conditions and closures. The trail has a light elevation change of 250 feet, and is rated an easy to moderate difficulty. It’s an ideal spot to witness the power of Nooksack River, making it a great introduction for children to the wonders of nature and a fantastic choice for serene evenings or early morning strolls. You will immerse yourself in the tranquility of the forest as you meander alongside the running river water. The trail is sure to make a refreshing retreat for anyone.

The trail is not just picturesque, but a true haven for the wildlife that reside there. Examples include but aren’t limited to, salmon in the river, deer in the forest, and eagles soaring in the sky. The area’s rich biodiversity ensures every visit is a unique and enriching experience, bringing you closer to nature in its purest form.

To reach Horseshoe Bend Trail, from the town of Glacier in Washington State (the closest town to the trail), it couldn’t be any simpler. First, you’ll drive east on Mt. Baker Highway (WA-542) for only 1 mile. Look for signs indicating the trailhead on the right side of the highway, where there is a designated parking area. The trailhead is clearly marked, making it easy to begin your hike and enjoy the scenic beauty along the way. You will need a Northwest Forest Pass to enter the trail. Be warned however, there aren’t any restrooms at the trailhead.

For those wanting a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and a way to connect with nature without spraining muscles or breaking sweat, Horseshoe Bend Trail is a must hike.