Anderson

View, taken from miles up Anderson Trail, Feb. 2022. Picture by James

The Anderson Creek Road is directly across the Mt. Baker Highway from the Salmon Ridge SnoPark parking lot. It has been groomed in the past, but is currently (January, 2022) an ‘Adventure Trail’. The green line on the map shown at the bottom should be dashed.  It is *NOT* groomed. A big windstorm knocked down some giant trees in January, 2021. We were so proud of ourselves when we declared them cleared out and ready for grooming in November, 2021! Now, more storms have dropped more trees down – ‘Notches’ have been cut in the downed trees out to the washout so that it’s relatively smooth skiing. Have fun exploring! (Jan. 2022)

Our most recent report (Feb. 2022): “Today I went out Anderson Creek trail and found that the upper part is just fantastic. There is now a track pretty much the full length of the road. The culverts at the washout have washed away. Crossing the stream is actually easier than before. Snow is very thin in some areas of dense cover about 1.5 miles out. Bare patches soon. Last prior tracks at 2.25 miles just past the first big switchback, I was breaking trail after that. About a half dozen notable dead falls between 2.5 and 3 miles. I was able to cross all of them without removing skis. After about 3 miles the road magically clears, no problematic deadfalls beyond, just endless fluffy white goodness. Fantastic alpine views beyond about 4 miles. At 5.1 miles just short of the end of the road there’s a big open slope above and below the road, I chose not to cross because of potential avalanche hazard.” – James

The first map shows the entrance to the trail. When first looking for it, many people go down the road into the campground which dead-ends in a nice area, which is usually groomed and an excellent beginner area and a nice place to poke around. But to find Anderson, when you are next to the Forest Service sign, look to your left.  There is a snowberm – climb over that berm and you should immediately see the trail (a snow-covered Forest Service road).  If you pass through a gate 100 feet up the road, you are going in the right direction.

The 2nd map shows the general outline of the trail. The trail has nice smooth rolling gradient for the first couple of miles. There is a washout at 0.9 mile. Up to that point, sufficient maintenance has been done that the trail is suitable for beginning back-country skiers. No trailwork has been done beyond the washout – but it is interesting territory to explore and after the switchback at mile 2, a chance to gain elevation.     Look behind you – you will be skiing back down the same way!

AndersonParking
Start of trail
Map of Anderson Road (trail)