This trail, formerly known as the Sulphur Moraine Trail, was reconstructed and extended in the mid 1990's. It now connects with Park Butte Trail on both its east and west ends, forming a delightful 7.5-mile loop. The trail was renamed in memory of Scott Paul, the Mt. Baker District Trails and Wilderness Coordinator who was killed in an accident in 1993.
Begin at the Park Butte Lookout Trailhead located at the south west end of the Shriebers Meadow trailhead parking lot and look for the Scott Paul Trail junction about 100 feet down the trail on the right. The trail starts by climbing gently through forest, and in 2 miles reaches an elevationn of 4700 feet and a rewarding view of Mt. Shuksan and other Cascade Peaks. The trail then contours around the base of Mt. Baker climbing to an elevatio of 5250 feet, winding through rock gardens, meadows and glacial moraines, offering glimpses into the volcano's historical activity. Magnificent views of Mt. Baker continue, and Rocky Creek is crossed on a seasonal suspension bridge, which is usually in place between July and October.
In 5.5 miles, the trail intersects the Park Butte Trail. A right turn here leads up to Morovitz Meadow and access to the Railroad Grade Trail and the Park Butte Lookout. Choose the left fork on the Park Butte Trail to descend to the trailhead in 2 miles.
The Scott Paul Trail is used by climbers attempting to summit Mt. Baker via the Squak Glacier. Climbers are encouraged to sign the climbers' register at the Mt Baker Ranger District office in Sedro-Woolley before heading into the backcountry.
Metcalfe Moraine with Easton Glacier in the background
Drive 15.5 miles east from Sedro-Woolley on Highway WA-20 (just past milepost 28), or 6.0 miles west from Concrete, Wa. Turn north onto the Grandy-Baker Lake Road. Drive 12.2 miles until you are just past Rocky Creek bridge, go left on South Fork Nooksack Road # 12. Drive 3.5 miles and turn right at the sign Mt. Baker National Recreation Area onto Sulphur Creek Road 13. Follow the signs 5.1 miles to Shriebers Meadow where you will see the Shriebers Meadow trailhead parking area.
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Trail inf0 contributed by: Mr. Trail
Added on: 2007-09-23 22:44:43
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