Looking for something fun to do this Winter? You might consider going sledding. Although we have no snow in the lowlands of Whatcom County the Mt. Baker National Forest sure does!
Lots of people head up the Mt. Baker Highway for great sledding just below the ski area. While there is no specific area in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has been set aside for sledding, and it’s banned inside the Mt. Baker Ski Area there is still lots of places to get in some great sledding!
Unofficially, you can go just outside the ski area’s boundaries to sled down the hills around the frozen lakes of Highwood Lake and Picture Lake. The area around Bagley Lake also is great area to check out. That being said be sure and pay attention on warm days or years when there is little snow fall to be sure the lakes are frozen solid and ready for sledding.
Go east on state route 542 until you reach the Mt. Baker Ski Area. Park in the upper parking lot. Look for people carrying sleds or big tire tubes. You will find the lakes on your right hand side over the large snow banks. Little trails will be built in the snow bank to allow children and families to get up and over the banks and into the sledding area.
Be sure to back lots of warm clothes, water and snacks. Restrooms are available a short walk back up the hill in the upper lodge. Also, traction tires are required and it’s advised to carry chains in your vehicle. Just make sure you and your family are prepared for all weather conditions.