Located in Washington, the horseback riding in Mt Baker National Forest is known for three cool horse rides. The best Mt Baker National Forest horseback riding based on popularity are considered to be John Wayne Pioneer Trail, Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail, and West Cady Ridge Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Mt Baker National Forest horseback riding trail below.
East of Seattle and northwest of Snoqualmie Pass, the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail is an easy scenic horseback riding route through old growth forest. The trailhead is near Dingford Creek Falls, and the trail runs up to the Alpine Wilderness boundary (9 miles). At the boundary, the trail continues as the Dutch Miller Gap Trail up to the summit, which is another 5.5 miles.
East of Seattle, the 108 mile John Wayne Pioneer Trail follows the former roadbed of the Chicago-Milwaukee-St Paul-Pacific Railroad stretching from the Cascades to the Idaho border and is open to horseback riding. The 100-mile portion from Cedar Falls (near North Bend) to the Columbia River near Vantage is managed as Iron Horse State Park. This gravel surfaced trail is open to horseback riders.
Near Skykomish, the West Cady Ridge Trail #1054 is an 8 mile one-way horseback riding trail. This horse trail switchbacks up West Cady Ridge and eventually ends up at the top of Benchmark Mountain (elevation 5,600 ft) offering amazing views. The trail is 7.8 miles one-way to the top of West Cady Ridge and it is another 4.8 miles to the top of Benchmark Mountain.