Gorge Lake Campground
This was our 1st campground as we traveled west along HWY 20 was in the Mt Baker National Park. I decided to use the drive time to see more of the park versus racing just to get into forest land camping. That meant selecting a paid campground.
The campground has 8 sites, pit toilets and garbage. There was also a boat launch available for paddling on Gorge Lake. We did not get any cell signal here and for most of the HWY 20 drive. Sites are close together and offer little privacy. With the amazing back door view, only 2 other campers in mid September it still made it a worthwhile paid site.
For our 2nd night as we headed west we decided to see what was around Baker Lake. Approximately 5 miles on NF-12 and NF-13 in the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest we found a small track that opened up for us to camp in. GPS coordinates on NF-13 are (48.688147, -121.757795).
Travel via Baker Lake Road and turn into NF-12. Follow and turn right onto NF-13. There is a large gravel lot that was clean and quiet just on the left as you start up NF-13. Proceed past 2 more turns and side track will be on the left.
It felt like a small hidey hole but was large enough for us to turn around in easily and be away from it all. There was a fire pit already available for use. Unfortunately for us, a rainstorm unleashed all night and the next morning so we only stayed the 1 night.